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Reckless Abandon begins in the early past of the American Civil War. It's the story of Cullen Friday, a young man in his teens. Being raised by a druken father that works and beats them mercilessly, Cullen's older brother Billy decides to join the Confederate Army. Under the misconception that the war will only last another month or two, Cullen is easily convinced to join with Billy. Along with a couple of friends the boys go off to war convinced that they will soon return home as hero's, impressing their girlfriend, and changing their lives completely. Cullen, Billy, and their friends find themselves in Tennessee, amazed by the shear numbers of men, animals, and equipment amassed in one location. Soon they would find that war carried none of the greatness, and glory, they had expected. They would experince hardship, suffering, misery, and tragedy. The death and destruction he would face, would soon mold Cullen into a dangerous fighting man. Promotions, and responsibility, would come past as Cullen gained the respect and admiration of his comrades, and superiors, and the respect and fear of his enemies. As terrible as the war was, Cullen would reap some good from it.He would meet and marry the girl of his dreams.
After the war Cullen would return home to find there was nothing left for him there. He ventured west, where he would find that his years of war had helped to prepare him for the trials he was to face. Cullen would find himself pitted against those who practiced murder, robbery, and kidnapping, not to mention the indian fights, land wars, and political struggles, he would endure.