charles berrard

Drake's Treasure

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Statutory apartheid and the Christian right in the United States provided the tinder that set off a cultural revolution. Protagonist Ozay Broussard rides a wave of upheaval as a civil rights and progressive activist and a Vietnam War objector. Initially fleeing to Mexico, he later travels to Cuba to defy the travel ban. In order to survive, Ozay manages to get a degree in engineering. He reels from workplace bigotry, and ends up finding a contracting niche, where he experiences a new kind of freedom — economic.
Ozay's personal life is no less turbulent, with two kids, a failed marriage, and ex-girlfriend Marina James. Marina solicits his help in finding her disappeared ex-husband, businessman-cum-activist Lenny James. Ozay and Marina find out that Lenny has hooked up with Northern California American Indian activists in a plot to bomb a power station. They discover an FBI informant who is also involved, and try to deffuse the plot.
After the Lenny James episode, Ozay moves to Marin County. He happens upon a small coastal community, steeped in respect for the environment and intent on stopping housing development. Here he finds organic farming and cannabis farming coexisting. Ozay realizes an opportunity to cash in on the latter, buys a piece of property, and launches a cannabis production operation. What was a complicated choice for him becomes more so when he meets Sister Margaret, the manager of the town's Dominican Sister's Retreat. Sister Margaret has devised a plan to grow cannabis for Christ, and needs Ozay's skills…
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297 printed pages
Original publication
2011

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