"In a rural Minnesota town of German immigrants in the tumultuous days of World War I, The turtle catcher brings together two misfits from warring clans. Liesel, the one girl in the upstanding family of Richter boys, harbors a secret about her body that thwarts all hope for a normal life. Her closest friend is Lester, the “slow” boy in the raffish Sutter family, a gentle, kind soul who spends his days trapping turtles in the lake. Yearning for human touch in the wake of her parents’ deaths, Liesel turns to her only friend, leading her brother, just returned from the war, to an act that will haunt not only both families but the entire town."--from publisher description.