In the Summer of 1969 all Steve wanted was to earn a little money and return to complete his senior year of high school. By Summer's end he had determined to commit suicide rather than live with the consequences of his actions. What type of sin would drive a good Christian kid to choose hell over living with himself the rest of his life? Shameful Innocence is a coming-of-age novel that rapidly paces itself with memorable characters. The story generates unwitting victims, harassing villains and a couple of passionate heroes. This emotional fiction, inspired by true events, is definitely not for the prudish. The poignant, somewhat disturbing thoughts that come from the mind of this average teenager may be daunting to some. Its sweeping expanse and simple message delivers a dynamic impact on those who participated in the turbulent sixties or wish they had. It's an exceptional, tantalizing read.