I really really was hoping this book would be better. I heard so many good things about it and was expecting it to be good, but my mistake. I definitely will not make the same mistake again. The book takes place in Harpers Ferry,VA. I live in Maryland and live pretty close to HF. Now, I know a whole lot about John Brown and ghosts, so when I read the discription of this book, I thought "Hey it's going to be about the ghost of John Brown stalking this kid! Awesome!" That wasn't the case however. The story was more about the main character's father and their religion than anything else. Which made me quite angry, I thought John Brown would be mentioned more and again, I thought wrong. I'm just warning all the people who want to read it for John Brown, don't. The story is not about John Brown at all, it's just a clever name that teases you into reading a not so good book.