Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Star Athlete Comes Out As Gay, and Then Comes Out As Straight; Making London's Gay Scene Happier; The Rescuer by Ryan Field

Star Athlete Comes Out As Gay, and Then Comes Out As Straight

Here's one you don't see every day.

A cricket star named James Faulkner allegedly came out as gay on his birthday on Instagram, and then he claimed he made a mistake and clarified that he's straight.

“There seems to be a misunderstanding about my post from last night, I am not gay, however it has been fantastic to see the support from and for the LBGT community. Let’s never forget love is love, however @robjubbsta is just a great friend. Last night marked five years of being house mates! Good on everyone for being so supportive.”

Here's the link. I don't know what to think, and I'm not going to waste much time on it. But there are a lot of comments and opinions.  



Making London's Gay Scene Happier

I can still remember how difficult it was for me to start going out to gay bars alone in the 90s. I knew I had to do it. At the time there wasn't any other choice. There were no hook up apps or online chat rooms. You had to go out there and do everything in person, face to face, and you did it alone.

This article is about a guy named Michael R who started something called "Will you be there darling?" as a way to help gay men feel more comfortable about going out alone and meeting other gay men.

Will You Be There Darling? (WYBTD) celebrates its second birthday this month. It’s the brainchild of Michael R (he asks me not to use his last name). The group, which exists on the social media platform, Meetup , has grown to almost 5,000 members.

You can check this out, here.  I think it's a great idea and I love the concept. I also remember going into gay clubs alone and seeing other gay guys going in with groups of people. I used to wonder where they all met each other.





After Keith's boyfriend, Chet, turns down Keith's ultra-romantic marriage proposal on the beach in Provincetown, MA, Keith is left devastated and confused about what to do next. He begins to question everything, including his career as the director of a unique animal rescue foundation that's partly SPCA and partly pet hotel.

Keith loves working at the SPCA more than life itself, and he loves the animals as much as the people in his life, but he knows his job just isn't good enough to convince Chet to marry him. It might be time for him to join the prosperous family business, become an executive like his brother, and give up on his simple dream of re-homing and rescuing animals. 

He winds up finding love and strength in some of the most unlikely places, one of which is with a shy, quirky 3-legged dog named Misty who teaches him the importance of trust and tenacity. Even though he's surrounded by all the things he loves most, from a mischievous pet monkey to a skunk who thinks she's a cat, Keith knows he'll never win Chet back unless he tries working at the family business. There's only one thing he's overlooked, and when he finally figures this out he realizes what's most important to him in this world.




Reader Review: This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina. A sequel is in order and a film as well. Bravo Field


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Have you ever wondered what it might have been like for two young men who fell in love in 1940? Well that's exactly what happened to young Joe Buddy Barnes and a cowboy drifter named Clay Totten.

Even though he's great at running his family's general store and fixing machines, Joe Buddy can't seem to figure out how to fix his own life. The fact that he lives way up on remote Buddy's Mountain in Western North Carolina, with two spinster aunts, doesn't help his situation either. Although his aunts devoted their lives to him, one aunt never got over a long lost love and the other was born a man who always identified as a woman.

Then one hot summer afternoon in 1940 everything changes. While Joe Buddy is swimming in the creek he accidentally meets a tall, dark cowboy from Wyoming named Clay. He's a drifter who is only passing through North Carolina on his way to Florida, where he plans to enlist in the military.




There's an instant connection, and Joe Buddy winds up bringing Clay home for supper that night because he feels sorry for him. However, Joe Buddy suspects there's more to Clay's story than he's telling, and he persuades Clay to stick around long enough to find out. As each event unfolds, these two young men move forward in ways that neither one of them ever expected. And as World War II lurks in the not so far off distance, there are some interesting changes coming to Buddy's Mountain you won’t want to miss.










Monday, April 29, 2019

International Mr. Leather and Condomless Sex Ban; Christian Mom Schools Gay Dad and Gets a Surprise; The Rescuer by Ryan Field

International Mr. Leather and Condomless Sex Ban

About 10 years ago there was a huge discussion in the gay erotic romance genre about whether or not characters should use condoms in sex scenes. It could become highly charged with emotion at times. Some believed it was fiction and escapism, so there was no need for condoms. Others believed it was important for all characters to use condoms during sex. Up until recently, I never once wrote a book or story where a character had sex without a condom. Unless they were in a monogamous relationship and it was explained in detail, my characters always used condoms.

With that said, a lot has changed in the last 10 years with the PrEP regimen. I don't always make characters wear condoms now, especially if I mention PrEP in the book. And organizations like Intentional Mr. Leather are now re-thinking the use of condoms.

“Renslow called the widespread availability of PrEP ‘the advent of a new day for [gay] sexuality,’ adding, ‘our community has learned a lot from this [HIV/AIDS] crisis, and we’ve matured,’” Hornetwrites. “As it stands… the ban mostly ‘exists in people’s heads,’” Renslow told Hornet, adding that “IML has not turned away vendors for ‘promoting’ barebacking since [2014].”

You can check this out, here. 

Christian Mom Schools Gay Dad and Gets a Surprise

I've had things like this happen to me frequently on social media. Someone who is not gay will start to school me on what it's like to be gay. It's always interesting to see their reactions when they realize they don't know as much as they thought they did.  

In this case it's a Christian woman who decided to 'splain' the Bible and homosexuality to a gay man. However, the woman wound up with a big surprise. 

During the swap, Nina assumes the gays dads aren’t religious, so tries to school Jarius on what the Bible says about homosexuality and judging others.

You can read more, here.  You'll want to see how this ends. 





After Keith's boyfriend, Chet, turns down Keith's ultra-romantic marriage proposal on the beach in Provincetown, MA, Keith is left devastated and confused about what to do next. He begins to question everything, including his career as the director of a unique animal rescue foundation that's partly SPCA and partly pet hotel.

Keith loves working at the SPCA more than life itself, and he loves the animals as much as the people in his life, but he knows his job just isn't good enough to convince Chet to marry him. It might be time for him to join the prosperous family business, become an executive like his brother, and give up on his simple dream of re-homing and rescuing animals. 

He winds up finding love and strength in some of the most unlikely places, one of which is with a shy, quirky 3-legged dog named Misty who teaches him the importance of trust and tenacity. Even though he's surrounded by all the things he loves most, from a mischievous pet monkey to a skunk who thinks she's a cat, Keith knows he'll never win Chet back unless he tries working at the family business. There's only one thing he's overlooked, and when he finally figures this out he realizes what's most important to him in this world.




Reader Review: This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina. A sequel is in order and a film as well. Bravo Field


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Have you ever wondered what it might have been like for two young men who fell in love in 1940? Well that's exactly what happened to young Joe Buddy Barnes and a cowboy drifter named Clay Totten.

Even though he's great at running his family's general store and fixing machines, Joe Buddy can't seem to figure out how to fix his own life. The fact that he lives way up on remote Buddy's Mountain in Western North Carolina, with two spinster aunts, doesn't help his situation either. Although his aunts devoted their lives to him, one aunt never got over a long lost love and the other was born a man who always identified as a woman.

Then one hot summer afternoon in 1940 everything changes. While Joe Buddy is swimming in the creek he accidentally meets a tall, dark cowboy from Wyoming named Clay. He's a drifter who is only passing through North Carolina on his way to Florida, where he plans to enlist in the military.




There's an instant connection, and Joe Buddy winds up bringing Clay home for supper that night because he feels sorry for him. However, Joe Buddy suspects there's more to Clay's story than he's telling, and he persuades Clay to stick around long enough to find out. As each event unfolds, these two young men move forward in ways that neither one of them ever expected. And as World War II lurks in the not so far off distance, there are some interesting changes coming to Buddy's Mountain you won’t want to miss.




Sunday, April 28, 2019

Another Democratic Presidential Hopeful Might Come Out As Gay; Tokyo's Rainbow Pride; Disney Cancels Show with Gay Character

Another Democratic Presidential Hopeful Might Come Out As Gay

As far as I can tell, this is pure speculation. There is no proof at all. However, it doesn't surprise me. There are still many people in the closet and coming out is still one of the most difficult things for a gay person to do. 

Said candidate has reportedly lived in the closet for fear that coming out as gay would harm his political career. Now, after witnessing the massive donor haul by the South Bend, IN Mayor, the closet candidate wants to come out. Having kept several girlfriends in the past, reports say he might come out as bisexual so as not to look like an opportunist or a liar.

Here's a link to the full article. There are over 60 comments and most people seem to have one person in mind. 


Tokyo's Rainbow Pride

Here's a story on the global front that is more uplifting than what I usually see in the news. It's all about Tokyo's annual pride event. 

I Have Pride‘ is the theme for 2019, a simple yet effective statement now that the country seems to be on its way to recognize same-sex marriages.

Here's a link to this one. They also have an official song and you can watch the video at the link. 


Disney Cancels Show with Gay Character

I didn't even know there was a show like this. Apparently, there's a "tween" show with a gay character on Disney called Andi Mack that was just canceled. I check out the gay presses several times in the course of a day and never saw it mentioned. The show even won awards. 

Andi Mack made history and headlines in October 2017 when 13-year-old Cyrus Goodman (Joshua Rush) confided in friends Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) and Buffy (Sofia Wylie) that he had a crush on Andi’s boyfriend, Jonah (Asher Angel), which marked the beginning of Disney Channel’s first coming-out storyline.

There's more, here. There's also a video and a few photos. I never even saw this trending on Twitter, not once. 







After Keith's boyfriend, Chet, turns down Keith's ultra-romantic marriage proposal on the beach in Provincetown, MA, Keith is left devastated and confused about what to do next. He begins to question everything, including his career as the director of a unique animal rescue foundation that's partly SPCA and partly pet hotel.

Keith loves working at the SPCA more than life itself, and he loves the animals as much as the people in his life, but he knows his job just isn't good enough to convince Chet to marry him. It might be time for him to join the prosperous family business, become an executive like his brother, and give up on his simple dream of re-homing and rescuing animals. 

He winds up finding love and strength in some of the most unlikely places, one of which is with a shy, quirky 3-legged dog named Misty who teaches him the importance of trust and tenacity. Even though he's surrounded by all the things he loves most, from a mischievous pet monkey to a skunk who thinks she's a cat, Keith knows he'll never win Chet back unless he tries working at the family business. There's only one thing he's overlooked, and when he finally figures this out he realizes what's most important to him in this world.




Reader Review: This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina. A sequel is in order and a film as well. Bravo Field


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Have you ever wondered what it might have been like for two young men who fell in love in 1940? Well that's exactly what happened to young Joe Buddy Barnes and a cowboy drifter named Clay Totten.

Even though he's great at running his family's general store and fixing machines, Joe Buddy can't seem to figure out how to fix his own life. The fact that he lives way up on remote Buddy's Mountain in Western North Carolina, with two spinster aunts, doesn't help his situation either. Although his aunts devoted their lives to him, one aunt never got over a long lost love and the other was born a man who always identified as a woman.

Then one hot summer afternoon in 1940 everything changes. While Joe Buddy is swimming in the creek he accidentally meets a tall, dark cowboy from Wyoming named Clay. He's a drifter who is only passing through North Carolina on his way to Florida, where he plans to enlist in the military.



There's an instant connection, and Joe Buddy winds up bringing Clay home for supper that night because he feels sorry for him. However, Joe Buddy suspects there's more to Clay's story than he's telling, and he persuades Clay to stick around long enough to find out. As each event unfolds, these two young men move forward in ways that neither one of them ever expected. And as World War II lurks in the not so far off distance, there are some interesting changes coming to Buddy's Mountain you won’t want to miss.


Saturday, April 27, 2019

"His Hands" Psychosexual Short Film With Two Men; The All Male Naked Yoga Class; Gay Marvel Character and "Avenger's Endgame"; The Rescuer by Ryan Field

HIS HANDS: Psychosexual Short Film With Two Men

A new short film, His Hands, is about to premiere and from what I'm seeing there are a few innovative aspects you don't see often in any films, let alone films in the erotic genre.

Through dark, haunting images with no dialogue, an older man (Philip Brisebois) beckons a young, strapping man (Arron Blake) over to his flat for a life-altering evening. Blake's menacing character engages in an intense ritual with the old man that includes donning stunning diamond earrings and black lipstick before the night turns even darker. 

Here's a link to more. There's a photo and a trailer. It's most definitely not JK Rowling's mainstream Harry Potter, with safe and questionable characters who may or may not be gay, and I can't wait to see it. 


The All Male Naked Yoga Class

Here's something else that's different. There's a yoga instructor in Washington, DC, who opened an all male naked yoga class for gay and bi-sexual men. The link is actually an interview with the instructor. 

It is magical having an hour alone with your body, without even your clothes to distract you. For there to be a non-sexualized space where gay and bisexual men are naked is incredibly liberating and self-actualizing.


Here's the link. I think it's important to emphasize the non-sexual aspect. Most people always think there's sex involved whenever there's nudity. But most people have never been to a nude beach. Once you remove all your clothes and you adjust to being naked with other naked people around, you don't even notice the difference. It just feels perfectly natural. 


Gay Marvel Character and "Avenger's Endgame"

I haven't seen anything trending this aggressively in a long time. Everywhere I go on social media there's something more about "Avenger's Endgame." The fandom with this just amazes me. I saw a hashtag earlier where people were actually thanking "Avenger's Endgame." Thanking them, after these people paid good money to see them. This kind of dedicated fandom fascinates me. 

In any event, this article has an LGBT POV.

 “It was important to us as we did four of these films, we wanted a gay character somewhere in them. We felt it was important that one of us play him, to ensure the integrity and show it is so important to the filmmakers that one of us is representing that.”

You can read this one, here. This is something I might watch, but I can't promise anything. It's never been my genre. 










After Keith's boyfriend, Chet, turns down Keith's ultra-romantic marriage proposal on the beach in Provincetown, MA, Keith is left devastated and confused about what to do next. He begins to question everything, including his career as the director of a unique animal rescue foundation that's partly SPCA and partly pet hotel.

Keith loves working at the SPCA more than life itself, and he loves the animals as much as the people in his life, but he knows his job just isn't good enough to convince Chet to marry him. It might be time for him to join the prosperous family business, become an executive like his brother, and give up on his simple dream of re-homing and rescuing animals. 

He winds up finding love and strength in some of the most unlikely places, one of which is with a shy, quirky 3-legged dog named Misty who teaches him the importance of trust and tenacity. Even though he's surrounded by all the things he loves most, from a mischievous pet monkey to a skunk who thinks she's a cat, Keith knows he'll never win Chet back unless he tries working at the family business. There's only one thing he's overlooked, and when he finally figures this out he realizes what's most important to him in this world.






Reader Review: This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina. A sequel is in order and a film as well. Bravo Field

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Have you ever wondered what it might have been like for two young men who fell in love in 1940? Well that's exactly what happened to young Joe Buddy Barnes and a cowboy drifter named Clay Totten.

Even though he's great at running his family's general store and fixing machines, Joe Buddy can't seem to figure out how to fix his own life. The fact that he lives way up on remote Buddy's Mountain in Western North Carolina, with two spinster aunts, doesn't help his situation either. Although his aunts devoted their lives to him, one aunt never got over a long lost love and the other was born a man who always identified as a woman.

Then one hot summer afternoon in 1940 everything changes. While Joe Buddy is swimming in the creek he accidentally meets a tall, dark cowboy from Wyoming named Clay. He's a drifter who is only passing through North Carolina on his way to Florida, where he plans to enlist in the military.


There's an instant connection, and Joe Buddy winds up bringing Clay home for supper that night because he feels sorry for him. However, Joe Buddy suspects there's more to Clay's story than he's telling, and he persuades Clay to stick around long enough to find out. As each event unfolds, these two young men move forward in ways that neither one of them ever expected. And as World War II lurks in the not so far off distance, there are some interesting changes coming to Buddy's Mountain you won’t want to miss.

Friday, April 26, 2019

FREE BOOK: A Young Widow's Promise by Ryan Field; Ukrainian Police Raid Gay Bar; Gay and the Fear of Aging; 20 Photos of the Titanic

FREE BOOK: A Young Widow's Promise by Ryan Field

A Young Widow's Promise by [Field, Ryan]I wanted to post something one more time about this freebie, because it's not going to last forever. I think it will be free through the weekend, but I'm not totally sure how long it will last next week. 

So here's the link, and below is the blurb. It's only free on Amazon. 

Felecia Roundtree is thirty-seven years old, she's already lost her husband in battle, and prays each morning her two young sons live to see another day. With her own two hands, she's turned the front of her property at remote Locust Point, NJ, into a burial ground for unknown Confederate prisoners of war, hoping someone will return a kind gesture to her own loved ones. Then one morning in August, just after she has a vision of her dead husband, three Confederate prisoners of war turn up at her doorstep begging for mercy. One is near death; the other two aren’t much better. Though she's reluctant at first to help the enemy, she offers them food and shelter, and then eventually begins the romance of her lifetime with a young old Confederate named Calvin. When she learns a deep dark secret about the other two Confederates, she’s not sure what to think. Felecia has no idea she's even falling in love. Nor does she realize she’s preserving an important part of American History. But she’s true to her promise every step of the way.


Ukrainian Police Raid Gay Bar

Here's another update on the story from the Ukraine where a gay bar was raided. According to this, about 25 cops stormed into the bar at 1 in the morning and forced 30 people to go down on the floor, face down, for 3 hours. While the patrons were humiliated with gay slurs, the cops took their phones. 

It turns out that the National Police of Ukraine considers sexual contacts of adult men as immoral acts, a regular activity of a night club (dances and shows) as a criminal offense, and distribution of condoms as promoting debauchery…

Here's the link. There's a short video of the scene, too. This kind of thing used to happen here in the US all the time. 


Gay and the Fear of Aging

Here's a story about a young gay man who was afraid of getting older. I know that I've never been too thrilled about it. However, he makes some great observations. 

As one matures you have to overcome certain things. This was definitely one of them for me. I did not want to hate myself for something I have no control over.

Here's the link to read more.  He covers a lot with this one. 

20 Photos of the Titanic

Unmentionable: The Men Who Loved On The Titanic by [Field, Ryan]When I wrote my story about the Titanic there were no photos like this around. I would have loved to have seen them, especially in color. Getting information about the Titanic was simple, but trying to figure out how to work an LGBT story line in wasn't as easy. 

In any event, here's a link to an article with 20 photos of the Titanic that most people have never seen. 

This photo was taken before the ship set sail on its historical grand voyage. After moving tons of luggage onto the boat, people could not wait to get situated and see what was in store for the journey to come.

You can also check out my book, The Men Who Loved On the Titanic, here. I think the whole era is fascinating. Many believe the sinking of the Titanic marked the end of the Edwardian Era. 

One hundred years ago on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg on its way to New York. Though it had been considered unsinkable by all standards, it went down in the cold waters of the Atlantic, taking with it stories of love and romance that weren’t discussed openly in those days. This was especially true with stories of love between two men. One of those hidden stories of the Titanic dealt with the unyielding love and strong romance between a young man named Liam and his older lover, Oliver. Because Oliver was a wealthy business man in America with a great deal of notoriety, the only safe way to bring Liam aboard the Titanic was to dress him in fine women’s clothing and claim he was Oliver’s shy, distant cousin returning to America for the first time in many years. They finally begin to relax when they realize that everyone on the ship believes Liam is a woman, until that fateful night on April 14th when destiny intervened and changed their lives forever.










After Keith's boyfriend, Chet, turns down Keith's ultra-romantic marriage proposal on the beach in Provincetown, MA, Keith is left devastated and confused about what to do next. He begins to question everything, including his career as the director of a unique animal rescue foundation that's partly SPCA and partly pet hotel.

Keith loves working at the SPCA more than life itself, and he loves the animals as much as the people in his life, but he knows his job just isn't good enough to convince Chet to marry him. It might be time for him to join the prosperous family business, become an executive like his brother, and give up on his simple dream of re-homing and rescuing animals. 

He winds up finding love and strength in some of the most unlikely places, one of which is with a shy, quirky 3-legged dog named Misty who teaches him the importance of trust and tenacity. Even though he's surrounded by all the things he loves most, from a mischievous pet monkey to a skunk who thinks she's a cat, Keith knows he'll never win Chet back unless he tries working at the family business. There's only one thing he's overlooked, and when he finally figures this out he realizes what's most important to him in this world.








Reader Review: This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina. A sequel is in order and a film as well. Bravo Field


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Have you ever wondered what it might have been like for two young men who fell in love in 1940? Well that's exactly what happened to young Joe Buddy Barnes and a cowboy drifter named Clay Totten.

Even though he's great at running his family's general store and fixing machines, Joe Buddy can't seem to figure out how to fix his own life. The fact that he lives way up on remote Buddy's Mountain in Western North Carolina, with two spinster aunts, doesn't help his situation either. Although his aunts devoted their lives to him, one aunt never got over a long lost love and the other was born a man who always identified as a woman.

Then one hot summer afternoon in 1940 everything changes. While Joe Buddy is swimming in the creek he accidentally meets a tall, dark cowboy from Wyoming named Clay. He's a drifter who is only passing through North Carolina on his way to Florida, where he plans to enlist in the military.

There's an instant connection, and Joe Buddy winds up bringing Clay home for supper that night because he feels sorry for him. However, Joe Buddy suspects there's more to Clay's story than he's telling, and he persuades Clay to stick around long enough to find out. As each event unfolds, these two young men move forward in ways that neither one of them ever expected. And as World War II lurks in the not so far off distance, there are some interesting changes coming to Buddy's Mountain you won’t want to miss.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Pete Buttigieg's 'Peace Deal' With Chick-fil-a; Seattle's Boylesque Scene; The Rescuer by Ryan Field

Pete Buttigieg's 'Peace Deal' With Chick-fil-a

I feel a little ridiculous right now posting about something like this, but it's news and I'm sharing. With all the serious atrocities happening around the world to LGBT people, from Brunei to Chechnya, the last thing I ever thought I would see is someone mention a peace deal between the LGBT community and Chick-fil-a. Maybe that's because I don't eat fast food. I'm not sure.

In any event, here's what Pete Buttigieg wants to do with Chick-fil-a.

However, Buttigieg wants to work towards a world where gay people can eat chicken guilt-free.

He doesn't approve of their politics, but he does like their chicken. I'm not joking. Here's the link.

Maybe there's a political strategy with this one that I'm missing.



Seattle's Boylesque Scene

Apparently, a new form of burlesque is gaining popularity in Seattle, only this time it's more erotic and sensual.

Seattle’s “boylesque” performers range along the gender spectrum, but they all put on a provocative show, whether those smiles on the audience’s faces are from laughter or thirst.

You can read more, here. You can check out photos, too. It looks like something I would check out if I lived in Seattle.











After Keith's boyfriend, Chet, turns down Keith's ultra-romantic marriage proposal on the beach in Provincetown, MA, Keith is left devastated and confused about what to do next. He begins to question everything, including his career as the director of a unique animal rescue foundation that's partly SPCA and partly pet hotel.

Keith loves working at the SPCA more than life itself, and he loves the animals as much as the people in his life, but he knows his job just isn't good enough to convince Chet to marry him. It might be time for him to join the prosperous family business, become an executive like his brother, and give up on his simple dream of re-homing and rescuing animals. 

He winds up finding love and strength in some of the most unlikely places, one of which is with a shy, quirky 3-legged dog named Misty who teaches him the importance of trust and tenacity. Even though he's surrounded by all the things he loves most, from a mischievous pet monkey to a skunk who thinks she's a cat, Keith knows he'll never win Chet back unless he tries working at the family business. There's only one thing he's overlooked, and when he finally figures this out he realizes what's most important to him in this world.








Reader Review: This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina. A sequel is in order and a film as well. Bravo Field


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Have you ever wondered what it might have been like for two young men who fell in love in 1940? Well that's exactly what happened to young Joe Buddy Barnes and a cowboy drifter named Clay Totten.

Even though he's great at running his family's general store and fixing machines, Joe Buddy can't seem to figure out how to fix his own life. The fact that he lives way up on remote Buddy's Mountain in Western North Carolina, with two spinster aunts, doesn't help his situation either. Although his aunts devoted their lives to him, one aunt never got over a long lost love and the other was born a man who always identified as a woman.

Then one hot summer afternoon in 1940 everything changes. While Joe Buddy is swimming in the creek he accidentally meets a tall, dark cowboy from Wyoming named Clay. He's a drifter who is only passing through North Carolina on his way to Florida, where he plans to enlist in the military.

There's an instant connection, and Joe Buddy winds up bringing Clay home for supper that night because he feels sorry for him. However, Joe Buddy suspects there's more to Clay's story than he's telling, and he persuades Clay to stick around long enough to find out. As each event unfolds, these two young men move forward in ways that neither one of them ever expected. And as World War II lurks in the not so far off distance, there are some interesting changes coming to Buddy's Mountain you won’t want to miss.