Miracle in Cade County
After five years at Marquette Branch Prison, Eric Kampe is finally returning home to Cade County where he hopes to resume his life and put his past behind him. But he soon discovers the good citizens of Cade County are unwilling to incorporate a convicted rapist into their community. They adhere to the conservative rural values of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which does not include coddling sex offenders. A firebombing of Eric’s house ten days after his prison release dispels any doubts about his popularity.
Only a stray dog named Tiger and a five-year-old girl named Rory are willing to befriend Eric. He is unaware the young girl is Sara Higgins’ daughter, the product of the rape that sent him to prison. Until that brutal rape, Eric and Sara had been lovers. They had planned to marry. Now, all Eric can think about is getting even.
That is only one of Sara’s problems. Someone has decided Sara and her daughter must die. She cannot go to the police without revealing the truth about the rape. That would send her to prison, and she could lose her daughter. Erick Kampe is the only person who can help her, but he is obsessed with killing her.
Miracle in Cade County explores the emotional limits of love and hate. At the end of the day, love proves to be the stronger emotion. Unlike novels written for men, this is not about saving the world, but about saving relationships. Miracle in Cade County is a character driven literary novel with considerable inner reflection by all participants while still maintaining a strong plot.