tells the story of Jack Dillon from his birth in 1910 until shortly after World War II. The book opens the year after Cain moved to Baltimore, set a few blocks from his apartment on Linden Terrace. "The first thing I remember was a big luna moth. I saw it in Druid Hill Park, which is up the street from our house, in Baltimore, on Mt. Royal Terrace." As a boy, Jack is "the wonder child of Baltimore, the sweet singer of Mt. Royal Terrace, the minstrel boy of Maryland," a soprano who sings at churches, funerals, and even on vaudeville stages. He manages to earn several thousand dollars before his voice changes, ending his career. But before long, Jack has another unbelievable career, as a football player for Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.