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Mary J. Schueller. The author's father, Mike Kerkes, worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) when in 1936 a desperate cry for help from the U.S. Forest Service on Isle Royale sent his company to help contain the inferno that threatened the entire island. Conditions on the island soon forced ordinary men into circumstances in which heroes find themselves. Also narrated are Mike's everyday camp experiences, his friendships, and his work for the CCC. Paper. 328 pages.