Author(s): Dominic Smith
Nathan Nelson is the average son of a genius. His father, a physicist, has prodded him toward greatness from an early age. But Nathan remains ordinary. Then, in the summer of 1987, while visiting his grandfather in Michigan, Nathan is involved in a terrible accident. After a brief clinical death he falls into a coma. When he awakens, Nathan finds that his perceptions of sight, sound, and memory have been irrevocably changed. The doctors and his parents fear permanent brain damage. But the truth of his condition is more unexpected. Samuel arranges for Nathan to attend a research center where savants, prodigies, and neurological misfits are studied. Immersed in this strange atmosphere Nathan begins to unravel the mysteries of his new mind. This dazzling novel explores the fault lines that can cause a family to drift apart and the unexpected events that can pull them back together.