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Synopsis: Disillusioned with police work and with his life in general, Karl Myers leaves Lewes, Delaware, where he has been serving as Chief of Police and heads west in 1955 in search of his wife, Laura Benton, who was last reported to be living in Port Townsend, Washington. In North Dakota during the trip west, serendipity deposits Myers in the midst of a prison break, and he captures an escapee named Mato-sa; fate also reunites Myers with Reginald Rhodes, a marine brother he first met in 1942 at Montford Point, where Myers was a DI for the first African Americans recruited into the Marines during World War II; Rhodes joins Myers on the trek to PT.
As have others before them, Myers and Rhodes work at the Town Tavern in PT in exchange for a bunk upstairs. In the days that follow, Myers and Rhodes begin to grow roots and relationships in their new town where the US Marshal’s Service has placed Mato-sa in an extra-procedural, witness protection situation. Myers becomes immersed in solving murders that have chilling connections to Mato-sa, Laura, and to Mirabelle Charles, a Native American woman with whom Reggie falls in love and marries.
Myers’ greatest personal challenges involve reconciling his enduring love for Laura with her bigamy—she has married a wealthy Seattle Surgeon—and in dealing with the discovery that he and Laura have a seventeen-year-old son: Bill Benton. As 1956 arrives, Bill finds himself unwilling to face the stifling life that he believes has been caused by the arrival in PT of the father he thought had been killed in the War and prompted by brilliant and beautiful Brittany “Bambi” Macey, who is terrified of an imagined and collective rebuke for something small-town America was not yet ready to accept, Bill agrees to run away with her to the South Pacific aboard a stolen yawl. Myers faces a contrary challenge: realizing and accepting that his world has shrunk to the size of Port Townsend, and that the town might not be large enough to accommodate his wife and son. Myers’ challenge is complicated by the death of Rhodes and the kidnapping of Mirabelle, the resolution of which leads Myers to a clearer vision of what destiny has in store for his life.
Bill and Bambi manage to survive the voyage to French Polynesia, where they must confront the demands of devious adults and turbulent events that erase what remains of their innocence. Under the benevolent mentorship of Oliana Teriierooiterai*, a prominent Marquesan chieftess on the island of Hiva Oa, they face full on the challenges of earning a living and parenthood while being exposed to myriad manifestations of adult sexuality. Bill and Bambi move beyond a taboo-rejecting, adolescent rebellion to an existence where the only restraints to satisfying one’s appetites are consent and imagination. The inclusion of greed, betrayal, cannibalism, and a beautiful and faithful mahu — a third gender person named Mahana who becomes both friend and lover — creates a story set in a world that is far different from the 1950’s America that Bill and Bambi have left behind. The new world in which they find themselves is one in which conflicts are resolved by fate, courage, perseverance, a child, and a strategic return.
TALEFLICK has characterized the writing of Bill and Bambi’s adventures as having “the hindsight and openness of 2020 — the two main characters are able to fully explore their sexuality in a unique, fresh, and nonjudgmental way. The islands they visit are freeing and juxtaposed with 1956 American puritan culture, (which) provides a refreshing story with fantastic twists and turns.”
* Oliana Teriierooiterai is the fictional sister of Teriieroo a Teriierooiterai.
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