I received this book as a gift and I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed it. This is a quick read. It is about a couple right after a political election that takes place in Minnesota. The candidate was caught up in a scandal and lost the election. He and his wife leave the city and go north to the Lake of the Woods. As you read about their time trying to get over the scandal you learn about the candidate's experiences in Vietnam. These experiences have a profound effect on the present day situation. The majority of the book focuses on when the candidate's wife disappears from the cabin and the search for her begins. Along the way, there are several chapters that deal with interviews and evidence of who could have been involved in the disappearance. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading other books by Tim O'Brien.