Set Wright, a 13-year-old Texas farm-boy, realizes that someone or something is speaking to him during the Great Depression but he just can’t figure out what it is.
Forced to leave home and find work in New York, he has one ambition in mind – to reclaim his father’s house.
He finds a job as an office boy with a book publisher and becomes entangled in the literary trial of the twentieth century – the obscenity case against James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Soon he comes to realize the source of the mysterious voice he’s being hearing; it’s the book.
Its message determines his destiny, incorporating his quest to restore his family home with another, more formidable challenge.