Mrs. Bonaparte is the mother of five nearly grown children. After filling her days with television and jelly doughnuts, she concludes it's time to reconcile her role as mother with the other part of her.the person she also knows she is, but never has had time for. Seeing this as a metamorphosis, she sets out to find whether she can jump-start her transformation.
In the meantime one of her son's brazenly drops out of school. The other embarks on a cross-country train journey to make an apology to Maria Paradiso - a girl he met briefly at his sister's college he thinks he may be in trouble for stalking. Although no one knows it, Bobbie's brother Tobias, is driving to see sister who has sent him a disturbing letter. (Little to nothing is known about the fifth and the oldest child Hunter, except that no one knows where he is and the family does not to talk about him).
Meanwhile, Mr. Bonaparte, a local policeman, has befriended Gunner Stokes, a onetime jazz virtuoso, and former convict. While waiting for her transformation, and her children, Officer Bonaparte and Gunner run the streets of Denver with their newly assumed identities, Pancho and Lefty.
And why would I want to read about this crew of miscreants?
Focus on one person. Figure out why they are interesting.