Following Robert Williams's prize-winning debut Luke and Jon, How the Trouble Started is a dark, gripping novel about childhood, morality and the loneliness of children and adults. Told with Robert Williams's characteristic warmth, humanity and deceptively light touch, it is a story about how our best and worst intentions can lead us astray, and the moments we can never leave behind.
Most all of the staff at the Childrens Home, local police (to include, Chief of Police), a local Priest, and a Senator; are all caught up in the child abuse and murder. Making it very difficult for children who endure the abuse on a daily basis, to run away and turn them in; who can they tell when most everyone is involved. Running away ultimately culminates in their death. Hence the Status Quo.
A Department of Children Family Services (DCFS) Case Worker, a couple of children, and a brother who is a Special Agent of the FBI; diligently work together to make sure that everyone of the perpetrators get theirs!! And finally bring to a close the Status Quo.