Some people die heroically, others accidentally. When Daniel's older brother dies, he wonders which category Eli's death falls into. In an attempt to understand, Danny creates a Book of the Dead, an old binder that he fills with details about dead people, how they died, and, most important, for what purpose. Time passes, and eventually Daniel is prompted to look up from his notebook of death to make new friends and be swept into their imaginings. With gentle humor and genuine emotion, the author examines the questions that arise following a profound loss and the moments that start life rolling again.