"Herb" is a coming-of-age story about one man s journey through life his successes, failures and everlasting friendships. As a child in the mountains of North Carolina during the Great Depression, Herb Stanley never would have dreamed life would take him from being abandoned by his parents at a train station to a life of contentment as a professional sportsman. However, Herb learns at a young age that life is unpredictable, and we all have the power to change our circumstances for the better if we so choose. In the author s storyteller-like style, the reader is guided through Herb s many adventures as a racketeer in Chicago, a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a member of the merchant marines and a real estate investor. Along the way, Herb touches many people but forms few lasting relationships, such as his best friend Jamison Bailey, attorney Norm Chester and the love of his life, Sally Haak. A strikingly realistic, yet fictional account, "Herb" presents a straightforward, charming discourse on the major themes of life and human interaction.