Things aren’t so great in 11-year-old Michael Murray’s life at the moment. His dad has been out of work for a while, which makes things strained between him and his mom. And then one night, Michael’s mom comes home upset and bloody. Michael listens behind a closed door but can’t quite figure out what’s going on. Finally his dad and grandma tell him that she ran into a flasher in the woods. But is that all it really was? Michael is determined to find out, so he keeps listening at Closed Doors I listen at doors now. It’s the only way to find out stuff. No one tells me anything (page 19).