The 89TH Temple
by Charlie Canning
Once an ascetic rite of passage, the Shikoku Pilgrimage of 88 Temples has become a more generalized ritual of penance for troubled souls. Seven juvenile offenders on leave from various reform schools are walking the 1,300-kilometer pilgrimage with a counselor and some assigned wardens from the state. When they finish the journey, they will be released. Will they rejoin society or leave it behind?