I couldn't put it down!
This is the story of a child reared by his father in the middle of a huge forest in Alabama, the father a refugee from the war in VietNam. It is the story of how The System allows nasty, self-centered people to acquire power and then abuse it and the unfortunates over whom they have power.
In the telling, Moon Blake feeds and shelters his friends using the skills his father taught him: to live off the land as well as how to distrust everyone. Once Pap has died, we watch Moon display his natural compassion, and learn to trust (and mistrust).
This is a beautifully written, not the least bit didactic although thoroughly instructional, characters well drawn and plot thoroughly engaging.