Joel Everett Harding has professional credentials in a variety of scientific fields, including river geomorphic restoration, bioengineering design, ecosystem ecology and animal and human behavior. He has been a scientist to private industry, federal, state and local governments and nonprofit organizations. When he is not writing and otherwise working he spends his time in the Piedmont with his family photographing and painting the landscape, tending his gardens and koi pond. This is his first published book.
A boy navigates through a chaotic childhood while traveling throughout 1950s America with his restless parents. The author's encounters with strange landscapes, curious people, and dubious caretakers dangle lessons he must choose or discard. He is swept toward an emotional chasm that threatens to swallow and imprison him forever, and he must decipher secrets in a local pond to secure his future.