The boy in question is 12-year-old Simon, who recently relocated from Chicago to a rural Wisconsin farm with his parents and twin sister Ruby. A terrible drought is hitting much of the nation, and the big worry is whether the family can make farm life work when nothing will grow. When Ruby catches a disheveled man sneaking out of their barn one morning, things start to get interesting. What is Simon's power, and why isn't it functioning correctly? What is Ruby's role in the story? Can two kids on a farm save their country from a not-so-natural disaster?
It's an interesting story with good pacing, some fun surprises, and a satisfying ending that hints at, but doesn't require a sequel. To top it all off, it's beautifully illustrated by Brett Helquist, the master.