An ancient cedar chest from the hands of the master carpenter, Jesus. A time of violence in the warring fifth-century kingdoms of Dalriada and Cruithne (ancient Ireland and Scotland). Brother Brude, a product of both cultures and guardian of the precious chest, must survive and search out the will of God from amid the demands of men.
Jim Dameron was born the second of four children in San Diego, California, in 1948. Jim studied English and Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, where he met his future wife, Sammie.
Two years after their marriage, they moved to rural Grays Harbor County in Washington, living first in a remote area accessible by a hand-constructed swinging cable bridge. They now live at the outskirts of the small coastal County Seat town of Montesano, thirty-five minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Jim and Sammie have two grown sons, Dan and K.C.
Jim graduated from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and spent ten years as a public school teacher. He found that teaching, though rewarding, is also all-consuming and leaves little time for other pursuits, particularly writing. Since resigning as a full-time teacher, Jim, in addition to working on his novels, has had travel adventures in the United States, England, Mexico, and Uganda, East Africa, which have helped inspire him with material for several anticipated manuscripts.
Jim expresses that in writing he has had a renewal of that same vision that led him into teaching in the first place – the opportunity to share ideas, knowledge, and faith.