In My Brother's Shadow
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When a poor Missouri hill farmer’s wife leaves him and his three children for another man, the oldest son takes on the responsibility of helping his already overworked father raise his younger siblings at age ten. Battling the shame of small town rumors, gossip, and poverty, the oldest son earns his family the respect of their townsmen through athletic and military heroism as he grows older, only to see it torn apart by a spoiled rich kid who inherits most of the town from his wealthy grandfather. Out of boredom and greed, this spoiled young man devises a plan to seduce the whole county into growing massive amounts of marijuana to supply the most corrupt men in this country’s underworld.
Money will buy almost anything in a small economically depressed town. The hill farmer’s son, now a Vietnam War hero, fights to save what is left of both his family and his corrupt hometown. This young man and his brothers battle the most powerful and influential man in Missouri, who has the law, the newspaper, and the citizens of the town in his back pocket, resulting in a massive man hunt and all-out war for this Vietnam War hero, who uses his Special Forces skills to escape and evade law enforcement while spending the winter in a cave.
In the spring he finds true love in both the arms of the reporter sent to cover his story and in God in his almost hopeless battle against overwhelming odds. He destroys the local dope industry only to find he has to put his trust in three special women by turning himself in and letting them do his fighting in court to ultimately bring justice home and have a chance at a normal life with his newfound love.