This is a roller-coaster ride story that had me going through the gauntlet of emotions. I enjoyed Bear and Otter's relationship, especially Otter's resolve and determination. He is such a needed support for Bear. These guys had obstacles at every turn though, and I felt that things were overly dramatic at times. And Bear’s reactions made me want to shake him. I LOVED The Kid, although I felt that some of the time his wise-beyond-his-years statements were too far-fetched. That was alternated with the other characters constantly picking him up, holding him, having him sit on their laps, etc. I realize the Kid's been through a lot, but he's nine for crying out loud. I especially enjoyed the character dialogue and banter; the humorous moments helped cut though some of the drama.