BJ Mayo was born in an oil field town in Texas. His career in the energy industry took him to various points in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, Bangladesh, Australia and Angola, West Africa.
He and his wife were high school sweethearts and have been married for forty-six years with two grown children. They live on a working farm near San Angelo, Texas.
Jackaleena’s resilience leads her to an orphanage on the west coast of Africa, known as Benguela by the Sea, where she and other children are taken in and proceed. Her brilliant mind and end-less questions capture the heart of her mentor, Margaret, who ensures her that her survival thus far-especially being the only survivor from her village-must mean she has big things ahead of her. When the opportunity arises, she must find her purpose.
Not without a plan, Jackaleena stows away on a mercy ship that has made its yearly visit to the orphanage and is now preparing to return to America. Her journey takes her across the ocean, into the arms of New York’s customs officials, and finally into placement in a temporary foster home in Texas.
Enter Alfie- a workaholic, small town detective who is also battling memories of his past. His life is forever changed when he meets a young African girl looking for her higher purpose.