After the sudden, accidental and near simultaneous deaths of both his parents and grandfather, Dana Thompson, days after celebrating his first birthday, inherited his grandfather's nine hundred acre farm.
The year, 1939, was a time in this northeast corner of Vermont when grown men struggled to feed their families, hold onto their farms and still nurture their dignity as the clutches of the great depression held strong. The lifelong battle against the elements alone made just carving out a living a daily ordeal.
Follow Dana Thompson's life as he is rescued by strangers unknown and raised, while his benefactors try to keep the local banker and land baron, Robert Marcoux, from stealing this prized land, an untouched virgin maple forest, a land of unimaginable proportion and riches. Marcoux's interest is no more than to log, rape and pillage this jewel buried deep in the north woods of this ancient land with no regard of history, heritage and tradition. When Dana's grandfather's account is depleted, Marcoux is eager to lend young Dana and his caretakers' money needed to keep the farm from the hands of the tax collectors, knowing all the while it is he, Marcoux, who at a time of his choosing will be the ultimate beneficiary.
Watch this incredible story of Dana's life unfold as he comes of age, discovers his real family and how his role in life is both extraordinary and nearly unimaginable. Witness his battle to save his grandfather's farm from the clutches of evil, his only connection to his past. See the simple and ingenuous acts of kindness proving once again the greatness of these people who will sacrifice everything but their honor and loyalty to live in this curious land they call the northeast kingdom.
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About the Author
He was born in Japan in 1964 where his father was stationed with the U.S. Navy.
Traveling with his father, mother and three brothers all over the world, the family would periododicaly return to Vermont which was considered home.
In 1978, his father close to retirement, the author returned to northern Vermont to finish high school.
Ingalls adult life has been spent in sales, first visiting dairy farms selling farmers their daily supplies, then in automobile sales and finally Real Estate, and he has never lived more than a couple miles from his families' birthrites.
Always curious about writing, a career change in mid summer of 2009 gave Ingalls the chance to sit and write a story that came to him twelve years before on an afternoon deer hunting excursion.
Of all the places the author has visited or lived, none can compare to the richness and uniqueness of the area and its people that is found in northern Vermont.
Ingalls spends his time in northen Vermont with his girlfriend Deb, where he sells Real Estate and works on his next novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A 'must read' for people raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont in New England and for those who just want the pleasure of reading a good book. You will recognize similar names to your childhood neighbors and friends even if their names are changed a little in this fictional story. I found it to be a 'can't put it down' page-turner!! I hope Russell Ingalls will write many more....I am his newest fan!