Although Hell can be portrayed
as a vivid tangible landscape, in reality it's a mental backdrop. Loss
respect and worth as well as a loss of purpose can plunge a person into
hell on many levels. This tale explores the theme of loss and redemption
following two characters separated in time by four generations, each man
dealing with a life crisis.
One story, set in the later half of the nineteenth century, follows a white orphan boy raised by people of mixed race. He has never reconciled his self hatred, nor his love-hate relationship with the land that formed him. Set in the current time, the parallel story begins as four friends go on a hunting trip together. An unexpected storm triggers an accident, and leaves the four men stranded. The two stories intertwine through the experiences of the contemporary character, John, and his direct ancestor, Paul.
During the contemporary hunting group's search for a way out of the unfamiliar woods, they are attacked, apparently by a group of ragged men dressed in nineteenth century clothes. John is wounded.
As his friends try in vain to find civilization, John realizes that the
increasingly strange events stem from a one hundred and fifty year old
that somehow centers around him. Whether he is hallucinating from
sustained in the original van wreck, or from injuries well over one
years old, he must resolve his ancestor's past conflicts to resolve his
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