My husband said this was a fast and good read. To each their own I suppose. The story is set several years after 9/11. The US has become embroiled in wars with 40-odd countries. In protest, some guy decides to build his own nuclear bomb in a garden gnome and declare his home, property, and family independent from the USA. The man's kid (who is telling the story) is telepathic. The army ends up at their house and they end up on the news. And that's about it. The end. Really, this summary tells you almost all that happens in the entire story. Interesting premise, but nothing happens. Luckily, it is only 151 pages long.