The River Rises is the story of a young boy, beset by fears of cowardice, and his dysfunctional family.
Gabby Huggins, who lives in a riverside country town, is twelve years old and believes he is a coward. The constant bullying by his nemesis is made worse when he meets Lori. a new girl in town. Family life is not helped by his father having an affair with a local beauty. His sister has a dalliance with the local lout and his mother falls for his father's old army friend. The family gradually work their way through their problems, but are caught up in turmoil as the river floods.