Written by William Spires | Paper, 196 pages, ISBN 978-1-886987-01-2
1944 in cola town, downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Ten-year-old Travis Shipley and his Momma have lost everything. Thrust into a hardscrabble life, they are determined to survive and overcome as they begin again in a drafty rundown mill house on Rosewood Drive. While his mother pours herself into double shifts at the local duck mill, Travis is forced to become the man of the house – much sooner than either of them wanted or expected. His father’s parting lesson lies dormant in the seminal Bakelite blue button, containing a final cryptic message and a chance to unravel the mystery of what it means to become a man. Reluctantly, Travis begins the journey that can lead him to unimaginable heights, but will he sabotage his life and the lesson before he can discover its enduring message?