Susan Stark Hilt, author
From high above on the mountain pass, Mt. Auburn looks like any other town. Divided by the railway shipping yard at its center and the Reservation on its eastern edge, a tenuous balance exists between its inhabitants and what comes and goes through town in open-topped freighters. To best friends Gin and Wayne, the rugged wilderness of northwest Montana is a place long on scenery and short on excitement. Only Grace, the local beauty, manages to capture their competing attentions. One hot, blustery evening, the young men find themselves seeking excitement in the forbidden rail yard. But innocent play takes a tragic turn, leaving one of them clinging to life and the future of the town itself hanging in the balance. Choosing Grace is the story of lives interrupted, the choices forced upon on us and the enduring power of family and friendship.