The Narrows centers on an “extraction” of two members of a religious cult by a “deprogrammer” known as Black Lightning. Larry Brown, the novel’s narrator, is a cerebral and insecure junior high school teacher struggling with an unfaithful girlfriend and public school bureaucracy. He teams up with Black Lightning to rescue the cult members, one of whom is his cousin. During the course of the novel Larry must come to terms with difficult observations concerning his cousin’s precarious emotional state and revelations about their upbringing. Larry’s experience offers an insight into many of the issues encountered by the first wave of baby boomers coming of age during the cultural transformation that took place in the early 1970’s.