Arthur T. Owens grabbed a brick and hurled it at the trash picker. Arthur had his reasons, and the brick hit the junkman in the arm, not the head. But none of that matters to the judge, who is ready to send Arthur to juvie forever. Amazingly, it's the junkman himself who offers an alternative: 120 hours of community service...working for him! Arthur is given a rickety shopping cart and a list of the "Seven Most Important Things": glass bottles, foil, cardboard, pieces of wood, lightbulbs, coffee cans, and mirrors. He can't believe it; is he really supposed to rummage through other people's trash? But it isn't long before Arthur realizes there's more to the junkman than meets the eye, and the "trash" he's collecting is being transformed into something more precious than anyone could possibly have imagined. Inspired by the work of folk artist James Hampton, author Shelley Pearsall has crafted an affecting and redemptive novel about the light that shines from within all of us, even when life seems full of darkness.