Six-year-old Jaxon Lathan disappeared while playing in a park. Ten years later, he's found wandering a deserted highway.
The boy's family races to the hospital to see him, but they are shocked at the sight. The bubbly youngster has been replaced by a scarred and emaciated teen. As they bridge the lost years and rebuild their bonds, they must wrestle with their own guilt and demons.
Fearing other children are at risk, the sheriff follows the clues deep into the Great Smoky Mountains. He finds half-buried secrets, a twisted family, and his own missed opportunities. When he peels back the last layer of the mystery, the revelation shakes everyone.
Jaxon dreamed for years is to be with his family. Has too much happened or can he find his way home?
Jaxon with an X is an emotionally charged standalone literary fiction novel. If you like rural settings, broken families learning to heal, and stories of personal endurance, you'll love D.K. Wall's absorbing tale.