With results both liberating and disastrous, the characters of Bad Faith flee the trappings of contemporary domestic life. A young father visits a college friend in San Salvador rather than face the anticipated difficult birth of his third child. A boy comes to terms with his fractured family and the disabled father responsible for him after his soldier mother is stationed overseas. A biracial man journeys across Nebraska for the funeral of his white mother and strikes up an improbable if dishonest relationship with a centenarian Irish woman. And in the collection's title story, the running narrative of a pathetic yet oddly compelling ladies man culminates in an unexpected and deadly confrontation. In Theodore Wheeler's collection of prize-winning stories, the herd can't always outpace the predator.