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Bone has the assignment of his life though he doesn’t know it. It looks simple—a sexy young insurance executive, Sundae, asks him for an opinion on the death of oil executive Paul Crosby, with whom she’d had an affair. She prefers “suicide.” Bone says it’ll be what it is.
Lives depend on Bone's decision, including his. Bonnie Mae, Paul’s mother, needs money to complete a well. Investors and creditors threaten her. Paul's lifestyle doesn’t help. He’s never met a woman he didn’t want to bed, married or otherwise.
Troubling is a missing box of explosive string shot used in drilling wells, a terrorist weapon in the wrong hands. Did the thief kill Paul? And, there’s Preacher Abraham, Bikers for God Church, trying to con Bonnie Mae out of money she doesn’t have.
Bone is put to the test as he scrambles for the answers.
Spud, an eleven year old, gets hopelessly lost in the swamp, but makes himself a camp and sets out to survive. While he's surviving, he has a confrontation with a hungry alligator and some close shaves with two bullies, even takes a swim in an underground river. But, his luck isn't all bad. He makes friends with two girls his age, Laura and Suzy. Not only that, he overhears the bullies talk about gold buried someplace in the swamp, maybe on a sacred island. That gold would mean a new farm for his Mama and Papa. They had just been evicted.
The girls and Spud team up with an Indian man and his son, Cricket, to find the gold. Spud finds the "sacred island," but no gold. Just some old leather skins marked with strange symbols. Then, thanks to the two bullies, he ends up in a traveling circus as a "wild boy." And, something happens that makes him believe he knows exactly where that gold is buried. Laura and Suzy help rescue him and they head into the swamp to find the treasure. Unfortunately, the two bullies are close on their trail.
Length: 104 pages