The Night Budda Got Deep in It
Urged on by Blood Mama, a voice only he hears, 15-year-old Kevin "Budda" Jessico takes off from St. Louis for Kentucky to rescue his former foster sister, Addie. Budda isn't convinced Addie is really in trouble until he encounters her Oxy-running blood brothers. A drug shipment has disappeared and so has Addie. The brothers have a mess to clean up, and Budda is soon in the middle of it. More
Fifteen-year-old Budda Jessico leads an unremarkable and anonymous life in suburban St. Louis. He’s not unpopular, because someone would first have to notice him. Except for tormenting by his older brother, however, Budda is content. He follows his father’s rules and stays out of trouble. Then, at the urging of Blood Mama, a voice only Budda hears, he catches a bus to Kentucky to rescue his former foster sister, Addie.
As soon as Budda reaches Louisville, he goes to a McDonald’s for the first time in his life where he meets the resolute Baresha, a fellow runaway on her own adventure. Then Budda’s mission to find his sister goes downhill. He hitches a ride to Valkyrie, Addie’s hometown, in hopes of saving her from some danger Blood Mama won’t reveal. Instead, Budda encounters her blood kin, led by the ominous Odyn Starkwether and his violent brother Dickie.
A drug shipment controlled by the Starkwethers has disappeared and so has Addie. The brothers have a mess to clean up, and Budda is soon in the middle of it. At first, Budda goes along willingly, if it will help him find Addie. Before long, though, Budda realizes it’s sometimes better to stay put.