I am George W. Thompson, born on August 30, 1948, in Nottaway
County, Virginia. My father died on my second birthday, and my mother,
a Cherokee from North Carolina, did her best to raise me and my fi ve
sisters. I was taught to respect nature and love the innocent and the
helpless. Children and animals are fi rst in my heart. I dedicate this story
to the neglected, the abused, and the forgotten ones.