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This is a memoir about one missing child who was not reported. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, roughly 2,000 children per day are reported missing in the United States. The year is 1971. In a small Connecticut town sixteen-year-old Leo’s life is shattered when his homosexual teenage brother is found out. That incident is the trigger for an overwhelming feeling of shame. In a matter of days, Leo drops out of high school, runs away from home and finds himself on the Gulf Coast of Florida searching for a mystery shrimp boat, and her Captain. For the first time in his short life, Leo is all alone. Memories of Leo's idyllic youth in Ireland before immigrating to America, are in stark contrast to his futile effort to rid himself of never-ending shame. Leo quickly learns that life doesn't promise mercy for young nor old. His personal journey soon turns into a ‘Helter Skelter’ of debauchery and decay as he is pulled deeper and deeper into the murky and dangerous waters. Alcohol, illicit drugs, violence and more, surround him as the mine-laden human drama unfolds. In the beginning, Leo is a mere bystander however; he is soon in danger of being consumed by the shame which has driven him to the edge. Would the Gulf be the cure for what haunts Leo? A true story re-told after more than 47 years.