Clustered along Ridge Road were scattered settlements and a broken down roadsie stand on a bluff, Burley Collins had seen it many times, back when it was manned by an ancient mountaineer.
He'd bought beef jerky there and traveled on. He was a true wanderer loving his freedom. He had a wonderful life going where he pleased, leaving when he wished. It suited him quite well... until it didn't.
Then came the time the bluff spoke to him, and he answered, thinking to revive the old stand. He arrived in time to see the body of the young man swinging from a tree limb. Body not yet cold.
Only one thing to do, and Burley did it... as he had done all his life, but other problems followed in a rapid succession. The bottom line was always that one did what one did, turning resolutely toward the next self-imposed duty, until Burley found he had no time to lay down one emergency until another was thrown onto him. How was he to have known how difficult it would be to keep his freedom? The road side stand at Burnt Tree Junction became a pivotal location as the community grew into the other residents, such as Gabriel and Brother Darkhorse, the Web of Ebony Lace, Iron Pony, and The Angels of the Baby Box. Also others, and all fitted their piece of the puzzle of life along Ridge Road, Carroll County in the turn of the 19th Century.