Bound to a homeless vagrant by invisible chains, Mandy Gafford longs to be set free from her wretched way of life, though steel shackles would be easier to break. She dreams of ways to escape her miserable existence – but she can’t – because he’s her daddy. He needs her. He said so. And as much as she wishes it wasn’t so, she supposes she needs him, also. As she and her shiftless father ride across Mobile Causeway after a major hurricane, Mandy stares at the gruesome destruction along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Never has she seen so many blue tarps, but it isn’t the tarps that trouble her most. Déjà vu? Maybe. She can’t be sure of anything, anymore.