Night of the Clipper is a ghostly story of mystery, action, suspense, and even budding romance centered in the small town of Elkton, Maryland.
The date is December, 2013, and young Douglas Pledger and his family are newcomers to the neighborhood, after having moved to escape the bustle of the big city, and for his father, Rick Pledger, to begin a new law practice. For Douglas, confused and frustrated over having to leave his former home and friends, what should be a new beginning for this now-lonely ninth grader is just the beginning of strange and mysterious events that, initially, only he experiences. Douglas' sister Marcy, his father Rick and his mother Rachel become gravely concerned with his sudden change in behavior.
It isn't until Douglas enlists the help of former firefighter, Dave Holt, Dave's dog Gretchen and Dr. Celeste Creeley from Villanova University that the truth surrounding Douglas' ghostly encounters becomes clear, after which the only question is, "What now?" Marcy, Rick and Rachel also become deeply involved as answers become known. For Dave Holt, a former firefighter's haunted past is awakened as he and Douglas become close friends. For Dave's faithful dog, Gretchen, her uncanny instincts will help move the action in the most chilling ways as she helps guide the others to important clues. Celeste Creeley will be met with a realization she would never have anticipated before leaving her home in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, to travel to Elkton at Dave Holt's invitation as the dynamic background story requires her presence there. Douglas' sister Marcy, father, Rick, and mother, Rachel, will make a shocking transition from disbelievers to unwilling participants in a bizarre series of events as the action unfolds. Elkton CID detective Ed Neevers is initially on the outside looking in as the actions of the other characters present an entirely different picture, where his law enforcement responsibilities require that he begin to investigate the strange goings on in the community. Will his investigation derail the efforts of the others?
Night of the Clipper is a story that combines action, suspense, the supernatural, and the deeply compassionate, to provide the reader with many exciting facets, real places and true historical events that set the stage for this compelling story. So, strap yourselves in and follow Douglas and his family, Dave Holt, Gretchen the dog, Dr. Creeley and Detective Neevers as they all join together in a wild ride to resolve a 50-year old ghostly mystery.