Grady Lee Jr. is a small country farmer who struggles to keep his farm afloat after a few bad seasons. Traumatized at an early age by the loss of both his mom, at the age of 5, and his father when he was 10, he keeps to himself with a handful of people in his life that truly know him. After finding a hidden journal in his fathers office, he gets the help of his friend Boudreaux, and begins constructing a machine, called Jack, which is based on the designs and research his father’s. Not to long after, he finds himself reluctantly taking custody of his stepsisters 6 year old child, Kai. This proves challenging for Grady.
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Boudreaux is not originally from Clay, but, moved into town at an early age when his mother left the tribe when he was young.He’s proud of his American Indian heritage and although he is not an ordained shaman he is a student of the spiritual realm, is knowledgeable with gems, and knows Grady has a lot of change coming fast and warns him. Grady visits Boudreaux pretty regularly, since he is the owner of the local salvage yard. Grady usually gets reclaimed parts, from old cars, and uses them on his pet projects.
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On the surface Kai appears to be an average curious 6 year old. Kai’s mother, Mary Ann, passed away leaving him in the custody of his Uncle Grady. This is odd since Grady and Mary Ann was separated at the age of 13, when she was put into foster care, and didn’t have any contact, but, Grady is the only living relative she knows. The move from the city to the country takes some adjusting. Kai discovers he doesn’t see things like other do and the adventure follows.
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Manna is the help on Grady’s farm. He’s a war veteran from the Afghanistan war and suffers from PTSD and depression. Originally from south Florid, he is completely out of his element in the country and gets by on the few dollars Grady can afford to pay him. He was traveling through Clay when he lost control of his car and nearly killed himself. Grady was the first on the scene and pulled him from the car. The wreck changed Manna forever. He’s a good guy, just broken.
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Abutona, Boudreaux’s niece, a member of the Choctaw nation, becomes Kai’s young female friend. She represents the advancing changes that are taking place with todays children, in all cultures. She is a gifted artist, however, after spending time with Kai she begins to have visions of the future, where he’s concerned, and expresses these through her paintings. She is the comforter and a best friend to Kai, now that his mother has passed away. Abutona becomes the soul reason Kai is able to control, harness, and understands his gift. She is able to quiet his mind in a way that no one, not even his mom, could do. Until Abby came into his life, the ever growing evolution of his senses was too much for him to handle. They combine their efforts to construct Kai’s very own device, which could eventually take Grady’s machine, Jack, to levels he never imagined.
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When Grady’s father and step mother died in a car accident, Randy, Grady’s Sr. best friend, stepped in as guardian and raised the orphaned Grady until he could take over the family farm. Randy is an original cowboy and a good man with Christian values, who runs a small engine repair shop and volunteers his time with recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.
Casey has returned to her hometown where her father’s successfully started their grocery store chain. She grew up in Clay Alabama until she was 6 and was forced to move away when the local employment plummeted after the local plastics plant closed leaving a majority of the community jobless. Her father capitalized on the inside information and moved his operations to the city where he could thrive and ultimately grow it into a very lucrative grocery chain. She was now 27 and decided to return to Clay, with hopes of opening her own mom and pop mercantile similar to her father’s original store, with hopes of providing products from the locals such as fruit and vegetable produce, crafts, and commodities. She remembers Randy, Jeannie, and Grady from her childhood and is invited to a local community BBQ where she sees Grady for the first time years. She’s attracted to Grady, but his nervous reactions to her presence sends mixed signals. She decides to let Grady help her round up local vendors to supply her store once she has her grand opening. She of course loved Kai and after spending a little time with him she can see this extraordinary gift in him that is being ignored or rejected by Grady. She seems to begin a mission to help Grady open up his eyes and see the love he has around him.
Mary Ann is Kai’s mother and Grady Lee Jr.’s step sister. Several years after Grady’s mom died, Mary Ann and her mom moved into the Lee home after their parents were married. After the accident, Mary Ann was taken away by the state and we don’t know much of what happened to her or who Kai’s father was. However, she is the world to Kai and he to her. She is a single mom, living in DC, when she discovers she has stage 4 cancer with no chance of survival. Mary Ann is the only person that knows about Kai’s gift and keeps his secret to herself. One thing is certain, she sent Kai to live with Grady because she thinks the change in his environment is what’s best for her son. Kai remembers their time together and all the wisdom she shared with him before her passing. This gets him through hard times