In the summer of 1975, two nine-year-old best friends -- Jake and Alex live a Norman Rockwell existence in Circleville, Ohio. Meanwhile, Kevin Kiley and his two adult friends have fled New York City after killing a policeman. During a quick gas stop in Circleville, one of them accidentally leaves a mysterious black medical bag behind, which is found by the kids and the owner is willing to kill for its contents."
John M. Scanlan is a native of Circleville, Ohio, where he grew up as the oldest of eight children in a world that would best be described as a Norman Rockwell painting. John is a 1983 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he majored in mechanical engineering and played rugby. He retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel with approximately 2,500 hours in the back seat of tactical fighter attack aircraft.