Dogwood Springs is a typical Southern town nestled in a valley
alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway in southwest Virginia. Life had
been good for its 5,000 residents, especially after the Bobcats won
the state high school football championship in 1973 behind its
"famous five" all-state players. But like many towns that depended
on a textile mill and furniture factory for employment, life takes
a downturn in the last quarter of the twentieth century as mills
and factories are closed and jobs are shipped off to the "deep
South" and Southeast Asia. Workers can no longer meet mortgage
payments and foreclosures plunge Dogwood Springs into a deep
depression. The homeless population spikes upward and a tent city
emerges in the heart of downtown. Greed, political corruption, and
a growing drug culture combine to wreck a once-proud and bucolic
setting. Yet, the famous five men return for their class reunion
with the skills and abilities to change thinking and create a
paradigm shift that will rejuvenate their community. In a rich
blend of social history, drama, love, passion and determination,
Ellis delivers a powerful page-turner about the struggles and
perseverance to overcome all odds.
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