The novel of Larry Watson "Montana 1948" is a kind of memoir of ordinary American David Hayden, who talks about his not quite normal childhood. David lives with his parents in Mercer County, Montana, where his father is the sheriff, and his mother is an employee of a local court. Despite the great efforts of Wesley, the father of the main character, to prove himself on a sheriff post, his brother, Frank is always better than he. Frank, who served in the army and worked as a doctor, does better reputation to local residents than his brother.
Due to the work of parents, David is often left in the care of an Indian woman, Mary Little. The boy loves his nanny because of her kindness and constantly cheerful mood. David is the first person who notices that Mary is sick. In spite of all resistance of Mary, David's parents invited Frank to examine the woman. Gail, the boy's mother, is struggling to maintain and to help Mary. After the Frank`s visit, Mary acknowledged that Frank molested her and she is not his only victim.
Learned the truth about his brother, Wesley becomes serious about his arrest. Frank, in order to avoid scandal and shame, is trying to convince his brother not to send him to the county jail, and to solve everything here. Wesley is persuaded by his brother and decides to keep him in the basement of his house as long as there is no final decision. Discovered everything, Gail invites her husband's parents. Wesley's mother is trying to convince him by all means to drop charges against his brother. Wesley refuses, leading to a brawl with parents. Due to a conflict with relatives, Wesley is thinking about how to free his brother, but his moral principles do not allow him to do so, because he is absolutely sure of the guilt of Frank. Frank, in turn, is angry at his brother and therefore suits mayhem in the basement. The next day, Wesley decides to enter Frank into custody and take to jail, but entering the basement, he sees that his brother cut his wrists during the night.
Wesley`s Family, trying to keep their dignity and the cherished memory of the son, is putting pressure on the director of a funeral agency, which allows them to hide the true cause of Frank`s death. As a result, they are able to hide the truth from everyone and Frank is buried as a true hero. David and his parents moved from Montana, Wesley changes his job. Sometimes they get news about Wesley's parents, but they do not support a relationship with them, as parents blame Wesley in brother's death.
The novel of Larry Watson "Montana 1948" is a kind of memoir of ordinary American David Hayden, who talks about his not quite normal childhood. David lives with his parents in Mercer County, Montana, where his father is the sheriff, and his mother is an employee of a local court.