Sandy Compton has written an engaging book about his experience as a gambling addict. His candid description of his addiction and recovery is riveting reading.  He is a masterful story teller and punctuates the chronicle of his gambling addiction with his fascination and love of the Nez Perce Indian nation and his hero, their leader Chief Joseph. Compton fuses his own addiction story and search for identity with the tribulations of Chief Joseph during the War of 1877 with Union soldiers.

Compton grew up on the family homestead in Heron, Montana (where he still lives) and his love of the wilderness and vivid depiction of his boyhood home is evident in his writing.

Compton transports you through Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming on his road to recovery and the trail of the Nez Perce as they seek to find a place to live in peace. This book will be of interest to other addicts and those wanting to learn first hand about the grip of addiction and the road to recovery.  

-Richard Sonnichsen, Author of All Fish Have Bones and A Leaf in a Stream.


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