Eric and his younger sibling Tommy play on the railway bridge close to their home, wrestle in fields, swim in a lake and lark about. The summer stretches out before them until the body of one of Tommy's friends is found at the base of the bridge. The reason for the boy's demise is unclear. Tommy struggles to process his sense of loss, but Eric is affected deeply by his grief and he expresses his feelings with occasional outbursts of violence.
- Daniel Patrick Carbone