A father and a son wander through a burned America. The sun has disappeared, everything is grey and covered with ashes. Only a handful of people seem to be left alive. Many of them are so desperate that they would kill and eat other people. We never experience what exactly has happened - if it was a natural disaster or a nuclear war or something else.
The man and his son call themselves "two of the good ones". The boy's biggest sorrow is that they would never kill somebody. He would rather die than eating another human. The boy is personalized goodness anyway. It was heartbreaking reading the dialogues and the boy's worries expressed in those. The dialogues are very minimalistic and I think that I was made them so strong.
The book is one sequence of hope and despair - a struggle of surviving without knowing why it would be even worth to survive. What is it that makes the man so willing to get forward - what motivates him? Is it just the fear of giving up? I think he does it for his son. He doesn't want the boy to feel the same despair as he. He wants to give the boy the feeling there is still something to fight for. And that's what keeps the boy upright indeed. That's what eventually will make them both die as two of the good ones.