From alcohol and opium addictions, muscle cars and blue pool halls, shit ponds, giant tongues and other daydreams, the setting within this book drifts from philosophy to talking animals, and from reality to illusion. In the end, it is the town that speaks, for it is the town that inspired this book.
Sam Yik, the philosopher opiate gardener befriends two young lads. At first, the young boys ridicule Sam Yik, but he quickly dispenses their questioning glances because he is interested in what these boys have to say. The door opens, and the stories unfold and intertwine from present to past to present again, and for Sam Yik, well, he travels many worlds.
Cumberland is a town with a voice. Today, the voice is a diverse artistic collection of young people, stretching and vibrating the town with youthful zeal. In the past, the voice was filled with bellowing loggers, coal black miners, and Chinese, Japanese, and Black communities that wanted a piece of the coal wealth the town sat upon. This book is the voice of that old town.