In Leif Enger's Peace Like a River, this scenario was well depicted.
In the novel, there was a constant fight taking place between the good and evil characters, and though based around family, love, and brotherhood, the novel mainly focused on the conflict between these characters.
In order to protect his family, Davy kills the assailants, which ends up landing him in jail.
Davy’s trial goes dismally, and in the midst of plans to break him out, Reuben and Jeremiah learn that Davy has already escaped.
The second of Jeremiah’s miracles, however, occurs that night, as they never do actually run out of soup.
One night, Basca and Finch attempt to break into the Land’s house while everyone is asleep, but not without waking up Reuben and Davy.She kindly takes in the Lands and shelters them from the storm, allowing Jeremiah time to recover from the pneumonia he’s developed on the road.Their relationship with Roxanna is decisive, because it is also there that Reuben spots a horse rider in the mountains that he recognizes instantly as Davy.Jeremiah is also the school’s janitor, and he witnesses firsthand the abuses his children suffer at the hands of the school bullies, Tommy Basca and Israel Finch, and intervenes when he notices them setting their sights on Davy’s girlfriend in the locker room.This intervention sets in motion the entire series of events, as it causes the bullies to target the Land family relentlessly, culminating in kidnapping their baby sister, Swede, while Jeremiah and Reuben are at church.The following day is Swede’s ninth birthday, which they soldier on in celebrating with Western-themed gifts (Swede’s favorite) in spite of her understandably dark mood.For dinner, Jeremiah makes his “specialty soup”, which a greedy traveling salesman and friend of Jeremiah’s named Lurvy slurps up hungrily, leaving almost none for anyone else.August and his wife Birdie allowed Davy, a fugitive, to stay in their home risking their being arrested for aiding a criminal: Davy was not riding a horse any longer, he was driving a Studebaker, its floorboards rotted to mere embroidery.August for years had kept the old boat for a field car." "Seeing Davy's unwillingness to return home with his hands in the air, August decided the Studebaker had been more than faithful to him and needed a change of mission and oil." "Before Davy had finished breakfast, August had affixed old license plates and obscured them with dirt and snow, filled the car up with gas from his scaffolded bulk tank, and placed bread and cheese and a sack of canned goods in the trunk.(Enger 151) This showed that the Shultzs were actually good friends, never once encouraging the Lands to resort negatively towards the other persons who treated them badly.This student felt as though it was this positive support from their friends that kept the Lands going.