An Omen in the Bone tells three related stories of desire and flight, love and loss.Hospital: During the course of one hot summer's day, a man on the run from himself and a needy boy looking for work encounter each other; a tortured seduction ensues which leaves the boy with an unexpected secret and the man poised for further flight. Cassiopeia's Wheel: The boy becomes obsessed with the house and with the man inside of it. His obsession finally brings him to the door of the house again, only to find the place empty and the man gone. The boy's ensuing distress and confusion precipitate yet another encounter with a stranger: an experience of a far darker kind, this time. He Drives: The boy now feels driven to confess his homosexuality to his father--a man whose own secret past leads him to treat his son's confession with a cool distance worse than any rejection. When the boy reacts to this by running away from home, the father sets out after him--on a journey towards both the past and the future, and a disturbing encounter all his own.