A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeares Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten. A 1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalees oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her fathers killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalees father wasnt killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after himawho happens to be Hanalees new stepfather. A The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a ahainta wandering the roads at night.