This iteration of the Beech household is necessarily very different from the one with which readers of The Conquering Nose are familiar. Sandy and Rhett’s son Wallys grew up calling Hamilton “Dad.” (Wally’s Beach is an archeological site.) Sandy and Hamilton sort of half-assedly worked things out, but skipped a lot of emotional work. Daytona is dead. Wallys knows the truth, but doesn’t think about it much. Valentine started coaching Little League and that’s how Wallys thinks of him. Virginia is at ALT. Rocky is going steady with Delta. And here we are on Wallys’s birthday.