Tom Trinity believes baseball is his life. Even if he throws nothing but no hitters, he’s wrong. Tammy, a runaway, becomes more important than any perfect fastball, as are mystical caves where someone, perhaps his father, teaches him to pitch. Tom fears he might become like his grandfather Dr. Winchester, who commits more heinous crimes than Edgar Allan Poe could ever have imagined. Even though he is groomed by wondrous tales of blue dolphins trapped in giant aquariums and a greenhouse to rival any Amazon jungle, others about Dr. Winchester haunt Tom. They force him out of baseball and into a mother’s betrayal. He slides into who he is and where he has come from as he tries to tame his love for Tammy—a switch-hitter he cannot strike out.