Set in the Northwoods of Maine in an isolated logging community, Tanglefoot follows fourteen-year-old Charlie King as he learns the ropes of making, transporting and selling moonshine during the summer of 1920 right after prohibition begins. Charlie works for his controlling father, Caleb, and his kind Uncle Amos, and learns that he has unexpected abilities as a Native American shaman from his mentor, Hiram Francis.
Authentic details about working in the woods and the natural surroundings of the lake set a dark framework for the consequences of the King family's business.
Having spent summers in Northern Maine for over 65 years, the author is well acquainted with the tales of the North woods on which this story is based. Searching for Native American artifacts brought him closer to the makers of arrowheads and stone knives. He watched the large boats tow five thousand cords of pulpwood down a narrow lake. He knew "the last old guy," and remembers their stories.