In 1937, the Depression is in full force, Joe Louis is the new heavyweight champion of the world, and Champion Luckey has just arrived in Snow Hill, Alabama. Brother Sayre's life will never be the same.
"A black, smoking shell stood where our house had been. The barn that'd been near to twice as big as the house was nothing but a head of ashes too. 'Pa!' My voice cracked and floated up into the early morning sky. Eliza crept up behind me and slipped her hand into mine. ‘They're dead, ain't they, Jacob?'"
"It was an avalanche of water bearing down on them, rushing toward them. The pillar of water grew higher and higher...As if daring the sea to their final battle, the captain swung the Ethie around to face her enemy head on. All aboard saw the wave surge..."