We raced across three small fields we'd never been in before. It was downhill all the way. We were running faster than our legs could carry us. Sometimes we tripped over our own feet. Because we'd never been there, we didn't know the danger spots. ?FROM THE BOOK So begins this story of two boys?Ward and Bernie?who trespass on the land of a lonely, mistrustful farmer, Betjeman. When Ward accidentally kills Betjeman's duck, the farmer retaliates and what began as a prank rapidly spirals out of control. Bare Hands is a parable of power and impotence, staged against an emotional landscape and climaxing in a phantasmagoric New Year's Eve celebration.