This novelette makes a strength of its simplicity. Two guys. One white. One black. One a sad sack alcoholic. One a convict. Both trying to figure out the circumstances that brought their lives to this. And maybe, just maybe, to break free.
Literally in the case of Walter, the inmate, who makes his escape from prison the night that Ron is out in the woods on a hiking trip. They run into each other. Hang out. Talk. Compare notes. Then each man goes on to meet his respective destiny.
Well-drawn characters, concise storytelling and a good eye for detail keep this one tight and compelling.