Book 1 of this two-part series focuses on Dan and Mystery. Alienated from the community and his single mother, seventeen-year-old Dan Langton hopes and expects to be released from prison soon. At his Parole Board Hearing, prison officials tell the young man to complete a community service program. After intense resistance, Dan agrees to work with the newly instituted prison dog program, which trains and rehabilitates rescue dogs. Dan is assigned to Mystery, wolf-German Shepherd hybrid who shies away from human contact and repeatedly tries to run away. As he wins her affection, her love of freedom begins to infect and heal him. When corrupt officials try to pressure Dan into selling drugs by threatening Mystery, their bond is put to the test.
Book 2 follows Dan and Mystery as they try to negotiate life "on the outside." Their problems don't disappear after they leave prison behind, and there are now new dangers and obstacles to overcome. Dan must deal with financial and emotional issues as his criminal past drifts back into his life, both threatening all he has worked for and enticing him with a seemingly easy path to success. Mystery dislikes the confinement of home life but remains loyal and constant to do all she can to save Dan from harm. How much will they have to sacrifice to find peace and safety on the other side of prison?
"Song of the Pack" will appeal to young adult readers, animal lovers, and those interested in the challenges faced by marginalized youth. All proceeds go to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).