A young boy of eleven restlessly turns in his bed trying to find relief from the pain in his battered body with his legs and backside covered in red welts. The all too frequent beatings came from the hand and belt of his alcoholic mother.
Spanish moss drapes the trees surrounding his isolated family camp in the swamp just Southwest of New Orleans. The still water surrounding the camp reflects early morning shadows from the Cyprus knees barely protruding above the surface. A blue iridescent dragon fly darts from one stump to another searching for a resting place.
Wade Hanna’s early childhood is divided between life in the quiet isolation of his swamp surroundings and life in the nearby City of New Orleans. The two contrasting environments leave indelible impressions on his mind as he approaches teenage years and a more dangerous and complicated life in the City. Wade has learned what the swamp teaches about natural and unexplained mysteries. He sees as a young child Voodoo rituals that can affect a person’s future. His life in the City will soon teach the harder realities of gangs, crime and deadly risks of undercover entanglement with mob bosses who are eager to see his demise.
It is now 1962 and Wade Hanna just turned seventeen. He is newly released from his enforced undercover obligation with the New Orleans Police Department only to hear the call of mandatory active duty by the U.S. Navy submarine service. In a single jump Wade goes from the frying pan of City mobsters to the fire of a deadly undersea confrontation. His new assignment takes him deep below the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in chase of an intruding Soviet submarine just off the coast of Mississippi. His undersea deployment puts Wade squarely in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis and all the dangers that confrontation has to offer. Wade’s submarine, S.S. Prowfish deploys the first newly designated SEAL TEAM TWO just off Cuban shores. The continuing chase by the Prowfish barely avoids a second release of a deadly biological weapon from the Soviet submarine when the two submarines come face-to-face in a deadly standoff 90 meters below the surface.
The few accomplishments this young man has achieved always seem overshadowed by his near death experiences. It is no wonder Wade reaches back trying to find mystical answers from his childhood days in the swamp. He wants simple answers to why so much of his life seems to be predetermined at the hands of others. The answers are probably found as much in mystical signs of Voodoo worshipers as in traditional spiritual beliefs. His early life can only be seen as a training ground for what he will eventually become as an undercover operative in the service of U.S. intelligence agencies.