A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeareâ€™s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.
Â 1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanaleeâ€™s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her fatherâ€™s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanaleeâ€™s father wasnâ€™t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after himâ€”who happens to be Hanaleeâ€™s new stepfather.
Â The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a â€œhaintâ€? wandering the roads at night.