Everything you need to understand or teach Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin.
In Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin, Joseph “Jo-Jo” Brooks has spent his life trying to “get back to good” (124) after serving several tours of duty in Vietnam. However, a family secret threatens to destroy the life he has created for himself. The truth about Joseph and his military career is discovered when he is on trial for murders he committed while protecting a woman and her children. Themes in the novel include the pain of survivor’s guilt, the influence of a father on his sons, and the country’s need for a better way to help veterans coming back from war.