In Secret Bombing, brothers Bob and Jeff are left with their Uncle Tap, who is insane, in small town West Virginia. The boys slowly unfold a gothic house of mysteries and lies on a trail to heartbreak, betrayal, sexual predation, sudden violence, and the protection that only a sibling can offer.
And one of Tap’s neighbors, Ms. Oct, is a genetically modified human who has been bonded with a pit bull who is on the run from the mad scientist responsible for her metamorphosis. Ms. Oct weaves in and out of the story, trying to help the brothers when she can, while staying hidden in the shadows.
Shield begins 17 years later, Jeff is grown up, but aimless and drunk. With unexpected speed, he falls in love and gets engaged, hurting to the alter with wings on his feet to marry Linda. Bob is now working for a minor league crime boss who mistakenly believes that Bob is a heroin addict and trusts him to keep mum about their clandestine activities. Along the way, Bob meets Kathleen, a maid at a dive motel who has cerebral palsy. Their unexpected love gives them both the nudge to be better together than they could have been alone.
At the alter, Jeff (mistaken for Bob) is shanghaied by car pirates, ruthless gangs of couriers who roam the nation’s highways delivering stolen items, living by the code of the 18th Century and slowly brainwashing Jeff into thinking that he belongs to their band. Their leader, Grundy, is as fast with a cutlass as with sniffing out sedition or driving his hot rod Shelby. And even though he is engaged, Jeff thinks that another pirate, Vin, is pretty hot. And how could Linda still like Jeff after he disappeared from their wedding?