Water is the most powerful force on earth. It’s the underlying theme that drives the book. Charlie let his only son drown in the Atlantic Ocean, off Sandy Hook, NJ, about 35 years ago. He's a kind of Everyman, trying to even his score with God for his belief that he is a hopeless coward. His best friend, Sugar Ray, “Shug,” a former boxer, is Charlie’s guide through this life. Shug works to show Charlie that his desire to settle his score with God/The Universe is pointless. The Truth is in the Water is a study in friendship, guilt, fear, addiction, revenge... and in the end, a shaky peace.