The Singing Sand Story is two stories blended together. One is about survival, the other about trust and forgiveness. Jamal is an orphan who moves in with a adoptive family. While he is accepted by the younger son, there is tension between Jamal and his new sister. Jamal is troubled by his parents murder, and his simmering anger at himself is a running theme in the book. He blames himself for not helping but standing by and allowing their deaths as well as a boyhoods friends beating murder as well. He is frozen with fear, blaming himself for allowing things to happen to people he loves. The family leaves for a remote vacation and things start to go wrong. The group is fractured over a racist remark, that leads them being terrorized by criminals who attack them. The Singing Sand Story is about how the survivors bond, finding courage to overcome the killers. Quietus takes over where the tragedy ends. The group is depressed, angry and blaming each other for the incident. More trouble appears on the horizon, providing an interesting finale with a twist, allowing the family to dig deep and find the peace and courage to forgive not only each other, but themselves as well.