Secrets to Popularity and Friendship
DRAG-ON-INN is an easy to read and delightfully light hearted story about a Gringo (North American) drunk named Conrad Aikens who's well on his way towards Skid Row, when he receives an unexpected opportunity to try and turn his Life around. The offer involves resusitating an old resort hotel located on a small tropical caye (island) in Belizean waters and though virtually everyone expects him to fail, including his sponsor, Conrad soon becomes convinced he can succeed despite contrary odds which at times are almost overwhelming as he realizes this may well be his last chance to make his Life worthwhile in any significant manner. His many problems include contending with the many times hostile tropical environment, overcoming some major cultural shock, and his own personality and inclinations which at times are quite shallow. Conrad has, in effect, undertaken a voyage of self discovery which could as easily perish on some rocks as leading to a safe harbour, and learns how precious others can be as helpful shipmates. Along the way he meets a number of lively ladies who both aid and hinder his quest to keep himself and the DRAG-ON-INN viable midst some conflicting priorities which could be potentially destructive. Most of all he needs to find and retain his legitimate place within the tiny island foreign culture which at times can drastically conflict with his North American societal values, and the results are both humourous and informative as he learns what all ex-patriates must if they decide to move and live abroad. In the final analysis this story is a direct affirmation that such things as Hope, Perserverance and Stubbornness can still be appropiate for the BETTER things in Life if a little Luck is added to the mix.