Clear heart is a grade of lumber - and a state of mind. In this joyful, down-to-earth novel, Wally and Juke seek clarity and good wood while building a mansion for a dot-com multimillionaire in California. As the dot-com's stock keeps rising, the size of the house - and the owner's ego - keep growing. Wally and Juke may be into something that's over their heads. Meanwhile, Wally and Juke meet women who have remodeling designs of their own - on them. Laying a good foundation, then building plumb and true, what could be more clear? But decisions backfire. Plans change. Ideals are tested. Relationships grow - or need repair. When carpenters work for bigshots - and fall for strong-minded women - who gets nailed? Romance, lifelong buddies, coming-of-age, bedrock values, all join in the warm, thoughtful, character-driven storytelling of Clear Heart. From demolishing concrete to racing belt sanders, from love of tools to falling in love, each house is a miracle.