While working on his PhD dissertation Will acts as a caretaker at an old abandoned insane asylum. He finds a tin box filled with letters written by a man sent there by his family for being homosexual. Will reads the letters and begins a journey of discovery both for himself and for the writer. This book and those letters devastated me. I needed the story of Will and Colby for a bit of lightness but also a story that was dramatic but not in the emotionally tearing way of the letters. Highly recommended, wonderfully written book.