In this darkly comic novel, Nathan "Honey Boy" Kimbrough narrates a boy's search for a father and his mother's search for a "good man" in the mid-1970s. Honey Boy is a thirteen-year-old, four-letter-spouting, pistol-packing kid who is determined to learn something about the art of thieving swag from Kingdom County's own resident outlaw: Vaughn-a man so wicked that he is gone beyond the pale in his outrageous acts which include ransacking homes, stealing livestock, and intimidating his neighbors. Honey Boy watches as his mother Lorene is caught in a lover"s triangle between Vaughn and Vaughn's younger brother Sonny. It's a fight between a boy's need to be good and pursue a life (as his great Aunt Oleta suggests) "chosen" to serve God and the life of a country outlaw. Ultimately, he falls under the tutelage of Vaughn, a natural born killer with the conscience of a sociopath. -- Publisher's description.