SALVOS ON THE BACKWATER has won praise from critics as an entertaining story of one mans love for Florida. For Jack Nichols to build a new life along the 1863 Gulf coast, he must avoid contested areas of both the Civil War and everyday life. Chased by a warship up a creek one morning, he and his uncle happen upon the Hamilton homestead. There, the widow Rebecca is struggling mightily to hold her family together in the lush and violent wilderness. Jack is unaware of the dangerous chain of events that will be set in motion by his actions on this fateful day.
Young Cal is excited about his trip to the family reunion. On the way, he visits an old Spanish fort and some Indian mounds. Upon arrival at the reunion, Cal meets Uncle Wiley. Cal’s challenge is to work with his uncle to make a drawing of the old family homestead, which will be a gift for his dad.