He was looking for an opportunity to run away from his foster parents. Instead, he embarked upon a journey that would either land him in jail or get him killed.
Fifteen-year-old Bodie McCann is on a youth-rehabilitation spelunking trip in the Ozarks of Arkansas when the adult chaperones are killed in an earthquake, leaving him stranded in the wilderness with four other juvenile delinquents. As they struggle to feed themselves and escape the dangers of the wild, tensions escalate, until the discovery of a marijuana farm and a rash decision trap Bodie in a pitch-black cave—all by himself.
A classic Mike Klaassen youth-oriented adventure story, "Cracks" is a deftly-woven tale reminiscent of "Hatchet", "Lord of the Flies" and "Deliverance". Thrills and adventure abound in this inventive YA novel.