Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn't make a peep when he was born. No one knows that he has the miraculous gift of hearing the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house on Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger. Bonaventure's remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mere Letice, plagued by grief and long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.