Finding Billy Battles
A link to the past no one could ever imagine.
When a great-grandson inherits o aging trunks and a stack of meticulously detailed journals penned by his great-grandfather, he sets out to fulfill his great-grandfather's last request: to tell the story of an incredible life replete with adventure, violence, and tragedy. The great-grandfather's name is Billy Battles--a man often trapped and overwhelmed by circumstances beyond his control.
For much of his 100-year-long life, Billy is a man missing and largely unknown to his descendants. His great-grandson is about to change that. As he works his way through the aging journals and the other possessions he finds in the battered trunks he uncovers the truth about his mysterious great-grandfather--a man whose deeds and misdeeds propelled him on an extraordinary and perilous journey from the untamed American West to the crutable Far East, Latin America, and Europe.
But most of all he learns that in finding Billy Battles he has also found a long lost and astonishing link to the past.
"Well, 'nuff said then." Potts walked through the door and onto the deck. Then, stopping, he turned around, put his hand to one side of his face, and, in a loud whisper, added, "He'll 'ave ter leave the ship soon awer be frown in da old bill fer a stowaway. He ain't paid 'es passage an' we're only thirty minutes from castin' off."