John Blackwood works in the medical profession by day and in animal rescue by night. He lives with his wife and assorted felines in the piedmont of North Carolina.
It is a cold early spring in 2036 and a young archeologist goes along when her father must hunt down the murderer of her brother. This is not because the authorities dont care or wont do anything. They have the vagrant was captured tried and convicted…and sentenced to Vigilante Fugitive. With that the obligation of execution falls to the victims relatives and the man is released as soon as prison over-crowding requires it. Emily Sheafer and her father Eric face overwhelming odds carrying out the act demanded by laws much removed from the plight of ordinary people. The nation reels under harsh conditions brought on by huge economic problems and mostly incompetent leadership. Infrastructure barely exists the communications industry being the least affected. Crime and rioting are common. Daily life is full of difficulties ranging from the merely annoying to overwhelming. In this world father and daughter set out to try to fulfill the legal obligation armed with a couple of pistols some high technology and sheer determination. Searching for a man on the run sends them on a journey that will lead them to discoveries about themselves and one another. It is a journey of unexpected turns and great danger but one they are compelled to do.
Joseph M Knight