In his wry novella, Owen King conjures an eccentric American family whose personal strife mirrors the political turmoil of our time. George is the teenage son of a single mother, and the only grandson of a family of union organisers in Maine. George's grandfather Henry, obsessed with the outcome of the 2000 election, has planted a giant billboard of homage to Al Gore in his front yard that he suspects has been defaced by the paperboy, now a sworn enemy. Meanwhile, George's mother is about to marry Dr Vic, who besides being possessed by an almost royal obliviousness, may even have voted for George W Rush George's efforts to aid his endearingly cranky grandfather and to undermine his mother's marriage reflect on a central question for our times : How will we fight ? All together, or all alone ?