The Tin Angels
April, 1910: Halley’s Comet is streaking across the sky. Dr. Cook has called Admiral Perry a lying scoundrel. Mark Twain has died. William Howard Taft is the “reluctant president,” and Congress has passed the Mann Act, designed to punish men who take women across state lines for immoral purposes. With the generous assistance of America’s foremost millionaires, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie and Henry Sinclair, a relief mission consisting of ten custom-made, oversized Ford trucks packed with donated food and medicine is being driven from Chicago to the Arizona/Utah border to supply emergency relief for Chinese rail workers who have gone on strike and are impounded by the Arizona state militia and being slowly starved to death. From their departure in Chicago, until their arrival at the striker’s prison camp, the trucks of the relief mission, dubbed “THE TIN ANGELS” by internationally renowned Newspaper reporter Katie Hawks, threads it way over mid-America’s primitive roadways, passing through a succession of cities and towns waiting to welcome the trucks on this grand rescue mission that is also being threatened by the vagaries of Nature and the assault of evil forces that have a vested interest in the mission’s failure.