This book takes place just after the end of World War II. Our main character, Peyton, is a 15-year-old boy who embarks on a solo bike ride from one tip of Florida to the other during the aftermath of a family tragedy (which is expressed in a way that still keeps the story upbeat). He meets some very interesting people along the way, and there is a budding romance happening mostly inside his heart since he and his girl are separated by physical distance through the majority of the book.
My personal favorite part was the reflection he did while riding, although that's always my favorite aspect of a book so I could have seen another 50 pages of that scattered in and would have still been happy.
I am definitely passing this one on to my son when he's a teenager. I enjoyed it and have already added the author's other books to my to be read list because if they are anything like this one in character and story they're sure to be a treat.
I do want to say that all the main characters in this book are kind of perfect. I really love flawed and realistic characters but something about this kind, loving, bright teen boy and his generous and supportive supporting characters was such a breath of fresh air for me. It's not my usual cup of tea and I still really enjoyed it so I would encourage you to still give it a try even if it isn't yours either.