I struggled with this book, mainly because it's soooooo slow, which for a book of only 300 pages is quite a feat.
Based on an actual sex scandal at a school in the states. Some stars of the basketball team get drunk fool around with a girl (14) from the school - it's videotaped and appears online. The school finds out about the tape the morning after and try to handle things themselves, but it all spirals out of control as the "victim" claims she was sexually assaulted.
In fact the girl involved comes over as completely self obssessed, selfish. She knew exactly what she was doing.
If it wasn't for the character of Silas I would have given up on this book a long time ago. Silas is a boy from the town that gets into the school after the headmaster crashes into their farm one snowy night. Mike the headmaster takes an instant liking to the Quinney Family, especially Silas's mum Anna. Silas has a girlfriend that he loves and dreams of getting away from his home on the farm - through basketball.
The book moves very slowly from the scandal to explaining how it happened. The events that led up to that night and what happened afterwards.
Told from numerous points of view, some in first person, others not. All in different time frames. It looks at the impact of such an event, how families are ripped apart. How the actions of parents can effect the children.