Joey who had been drained to nearly the end.
Sloot had become 'one” with the tree.
Henry, who preferred life as a bully.
Walter, who preferred life in the tree to the real world.
When Teddy showed him Albert's bleached bones at the river.
When Teddy explained why he had taken the knife from Hank.
When Teddy showed him the newspaper articles and named them.
When Teddy led him to where each boy had died and found them.
Albert wanted Teddy to take his place feeding the tree.
Albert was waiting for the right moment to hand Teddy over to the tree.
Albert was sure Teddy had been the one to shove him into the river.
Teddy was the only person who had shown him any kindness.
Flashlight, bug spray, hatchet and rope.
Shotgun, long knife, and dynamite.
Flares, firecrackers, and Pepper Spray.
WD-40, Mace, Pepper Spray and a slingshot.
The tree had destroyed their minds so they were helpless.
It was a magic tree from which they had no defense.
If they didn't, the tree would drain all the life force from them.
They revered the tree and wanted to keep it alive.
Bring Teddy to the tree for the tree to feed on.
Find a new source of water for the tree that is dying.
Capture two more boys to feed to the tree.
Chase Teddy away so that Barnes won't try to cut it down.
The missing boys were all 12 years old and had disappeared at the same time.
The missing boys were 12 years old, disappearing at 10 year intervals.
The missing boys had all been found in the tree at 10 year intervals.
The missing boys had all been buried in the same cemetery.
Hank was the adult version of the bully he'd met at the river.
Hank was also the sheriff who had been angry with him.
Hank was very interested in his mother.
Hank did not know much about repairing air conditioners.
By calling 911 with his cell phone.
By screaming for help to the other kids in the park.
By swimming in the Columbia River.
By biking away on his bicycle.
The effects of dry wind and blowing sands on plant life.
The psychological effects of radioactivity on people's minds.
The loneliness of life on the Hanford Site for the children of workers.
The effects of leaking radioactive waste on plant life.