Meet the Characters

Here are three of the most important characters.

Lee Ellen Cornwell

Lee Ellen Cornwell

Lee Ellen Cornwell’s upbringing was far from typical. Her mother abandoned her as a child, and this set the stage for a calamitous coming of age. Her father moved her to Atlanta’s melting pot, separating her from her siblings and her familiar Appalachian home. There she grew up fast, adapted to a new culture, and became a super high school athlete, but life’s harsh realities persisted. After school, law enforcement seemed a stable career path to escape her formative but tumultuous life. Thirty years later, she wants free of the urban insanity. She goes home again, back to her mountains, in search of the kinder, more gentle, days of her childhood.

Jeff Cagle

Jeff Cagle

Jeff Cagle’s parent’s believed in marriage. They just couldn’t make it work in their crumbling farm world of the 1960s. As a teen, the only thing Jeff wanted out of a mountain farm life was himself. After graduating high school he left for the city. There he attended night school, studied engineering, and worked in the corporate world. Years later, with a stagnant career and a failed marriage, he longs for something—he feels he left it behind in his mountain home. He quit his job, returned to his childhood farm, and sought the missing piece of his scrambled life. There, with his trusted dog, “Ole Blue,” he lives off the grid. By sheer fate she appears.

Sheriff Darby

Sheriff Darby

Sheriff Darby is not who he seems. He’s overweight, stressed to the limit, and tasked with running an under-funded law enforcement department. He seems slow on the uptake, and a “just the facts” Jack, protect and serve, good soldier. Forty years in the Force have taught him judgment. He knows the difference between enforcing the letter of the law and doing the right thing. He’s developed an uncanny ability to sort out the good in a dappled world of phony morality and veiled malice. Most importantly, he understands mountain culture. He knows his people’s sense of justice and their demand for fairness.