On a hot summer day, on a mountaintop in Idaho, a little girl is murdered by her mother, and that girl's sister disappears forever. The mother goes to prison as she immediately pleads guilty, and the father is left with no one. He marries a woman from his daughters' school, Ann. Ann spends the rest of her life . . .
In a small town, in the giant cornfield known as Ohio (where I live), two Asian-American boys bond over their love of comic books, both reading and writing and illustrating them. Elsewhere, perhaps in the future or a parallel universe, a team of superheroes fight supervillains, but also sit around drinking lemonade and pondering . . .