Pages tight and clean. Edges of boards and DJ have light shelfwear. DJ protected with mylar and not clipped. Retired library book with usual marks and attachments. Pocket removed. 299 pages. HardCover Binding. Year: 1974. ISBN: 038508191x. At fifteen Pepper Fairchild is already an outcast in his post-Civil War Louisiana home town. Hapless witness to a murder, he finds his testimony shrugged off by his father and others in the town. Furthermore, Pepper discovers that he's a decided third wheel in a household that includes a nineteen-year-old stepmother! That leaves only one option: San Francisco and the Golden West; and for company cousin Calvin whose speech defect and artistic interest make him an outcast as well.