Snow White and the Seven Old Fogies.
Well, sort of.
Mary Stuart, the twenty-five-year-old hero of Daughter Am I, learns that her grandparents have recently been murdered and that she is their sole heir. This comes as rather a shock because her father always claimed they had died before she was born.
Wanting to find out who her grandparents were, why her father had disowned them and why someone wanted them dead, Mary sets out on a journey armed only with her grandfather’s address book. She travels from Colorado to Arizona to Kansas, Omaha, Illinois, searching out people her grandparents knew. Along the way she accumulates a crew of feisty octogenarians:
Kid Rags, a dapper forger, seems to have two interests in life — drinking bourbon and eating copious amounts of food.
Crunchy, an ex-wrestler, threatens to crunch anyone who doesn’t treat Mary well.
Teach, a con man, tells Mary more than she ever wanted to know about gangsters, Wyatt Earp, and life.
Happy, an ex-wheelman for the mob, is ready with his gun though his hands shake too much to aim, let alone shoot.
Iron Sam, a dying hit man just released from prison, has his own, secret agenda.
Spaghetti once owned The Joker, a mob hangout where Mary’s grandparents worked when they were young.
Lila Lorraine, an ex-showgirl, was a friend of Mary’s grandmother and an ex-girlfriend of Iron Sam.
With companions such as these, how can Mary’s journey be anything but fun?