The Wounded is the second book of Townsend’s The Long War Series. Two young people, a brother, and sister die in a freak Lake Superior storm. Ricky Belisle, the accused murderer, is released from jail for lack of evidence. In shame he leaves his hometown to prove himself worthy; worthy of Marie Jeanne, 'M.J.', Charbonneau, his childhood 'buddy'; worthy of his family; worthy of his village.