1. "A young boy on the Arapahoe Indian reservation, having known his over-100-year-old great grandfather all his ten years, could not understand a life without him when others told him Dark Sky was ill and might not live. 'Animals die, strangers die before you known them, but people you know don't die!! '
"Author, Morris Taylor, studied child psychology and religious studies at the University of Virginia. He felt the need for adults and children alike to find a positive and even joyful attitude toward death. This, added to his interest in Indian culture, is the impetus behind The Top of the Hill." (from the book's announcement)