This is the story of four teenagers growing up during the late 1960s and early 1970s. You probably think it’s all about sex, drugs, and rock and roll! But since the story takes place in Bryan, Texas, a small, conservative town that does not cotton to such things, at least not in public, let’s call it a nostalgic recollection of the times.
Larry is a high school senior with an image problem. He is a little too smart for his own good, and is not a member of the so-called “in” crowd. But with help from his friends and his music, he is determined to change that image.
Sam is the same age. Her real name is Susan, but all her friends call her Sam for some reason none of them know. She and Larry have been phenomenal friends since they met in the third grade. She knows the real Larry underneath the image, and is determined to help him change it.
John is a junior who met Larry a few years back when they found themselves on the same Little League Baseball team. He and Larry share an interest in music. Encouraged by Sam, they form a two-man folk-rock band and dream of fame and stardom.
They meet Julia on her fourteenth birthday. She is just a skinny little tomboy with a pony tail, skinned up knees, and braces on her teeth. But the first time Larry looks into those big green eyes of hers, something changes deep inside him.
Romance? It’s in here. It contains a bit of philosophy. Life and death, war and peace, religion and politics – nothing is held sacred! Perhaps you will even be offended by what you read, or maybe it will just cause you to think. At least you can be grateful there are no gratuitous, graphical depictions of violence where someone’s guts are spilled on the ground in sickeningly gory detail. Does anybody really like that sort of thing?
In addition, there are no gratuitous, graphical depictions of sexual frenzies where the only point is to over-stimulate your libido, raising both your body temperature and blood pressure. No, wait! Maybe there is a little of that, but after all, everyone likes a little sex now and then! You can rest assured that this is done tastefully, and is included only because it is relevant to the story line!
Drugs and alcohol also receive some mention here and there. It might not be possible to tell a story of the 60s without at least mentioning such things. You have probably heard it said that those who can remember the 60s must not have been there.
Music, especially folk songs, protest songs, and rock and roll songs, was an integral part of the times, and any story that failed to mention such music could not possibly represent reality.
Maybe the story is about sex, drugs, and rock and roll after all?