Betrayed by love and forever scarred by a war in Vietnam, Henry Allen has had enough of life in Michigan and sets out on a journey home to Alaska. Although hopeless and unconvinced that there is anything left to live for, Henry holds fast to a promise made to an old friend during the war and an overpowering desire to return home after 20 years. While the long and winding road takes him back in miles and memories, he must once again confront shadows in his past that for so long he has been able to avoid knowing that the darkest of them still awaits at his journey’s end.
Harold “Hal” Peterson grew up near the old gold camp in Fox, Alaska, only a couple miles from where Felix Pedro first discovered gold in the region. He spent his early years hiking and exploring many of hills that comprise Alaska’s golden valley. The experience inspired a significant portion of the book. Hal holds a Bachelors degree in political science from Washington State University and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law school in Michigan. Hal practiced law for 15 years in Michigan and then Washington. Presently, he lives in Northern California where he teaches in the Justice studies Department at San Jose’ State University. This is Hal’s first novel.