One of Grace's first memories as a child is being attacked by a pack of wolves, including one with strange yellow eyes. She survives the attack and feels a strong connection to the yellow-eyed wolf who strays to the the edge of their property and watches her at times. Grace grows up in an astonishingly neglectful family, holding it together by herself, and becoming fiercely protective of wolves in the process. She needs to be because they are being implicated in recent violent attacks, including the death of a Jack Culpeper, a popular but vicious high school student. And then there is Sam, the boy with strangely familiar eyes, who suddenly turns up in the summer and disappears just as quickly in the fall.
Wolf families and human families (and friends) with their frailties and connections are at the core of this story. Drastic steps are taken to ensure the survival of each.
Do you think they are justified?
How would you compare the "wolf" characters in this book with others in recent literature, such as in the Twilight series?