Howie Cobb left his home in Douglasville, Georgia, when he was just a boy of seventeen. Howie could see nothing in Douglasville but a life trapped in the cotton mill, where many generations of his family eeked out a living. When the opportunity came to join the Civilian Conservation Corps and seek adventure in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Howie didn't hesitate.
He left his family and his girl a somewhat confused boy who knew little of the ways of the world or the ways of God. During his year with the Cs he became a man who understood his place in the world and the true meaning of baptism into the fold.