Raised by their domineering father, Jimmy and his brother grow up as part of a successful vaudeville dance trio. However, Jimmy has long wanted to do something else with his life. After a half-hearted performance on stage, twenty-year-old Jimmy tells his father that he can't be in the act anymore. His father doesn't cotton to rebellion and, in his wrath, throws his first born out, disowning him.
Jimmy drifts around the country alone, scared and unsure of his future. Mechanically inclined and good with tools, he ends up in Hollywood where he becomes enthralled with the magic of moving pictures. When he finds a job fixing movie cameras, he has a front row seat to the burgeoning silent movie industry.
Life takes on sudden purpose after Jimmy watches Griffith's racist epic. Outraged, he sets himself to make a moving picture that doesn't perpetuate stereotypes of his race. Along the way, Jimmy gets help from his new love, a young woman named Anita, as well as pioneer Negro film actors, Noble Johnson and Madame Sult-te-wan.
When Jimmy's father and brother come to Los Angeles for their West Coast vaudeville premiere at the same time his mother is working only a few miles from Jimmy - for Griffith, no less! - the family's unplanned reunion explodes in re-opening long festering wounds. Can Jimmy finally bind these wounds and make his family whole again?
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About the Author
He has written or co-written a play and several screenplays. He has a love of the movies and of history. There's the Rub, his first novel, combined these two passions. He and his wife live in Oakland, California and have two grown sons.