Johnny P. Harmon, a good looking and intelligent Texan has plans to become a Texas A&M civil engineer, marry a good woman and have a couple of kids. Without warning, he becomes a leper instead. He becomes a member of society's most feared and ostracized community. Within the barbed wire fences of Carville, he begins a new life for himself. He creates a successful photography business, becomes a passionate advocate for the patients and falls in love with another patient.
This memoir speaks of one person's fortitude to live the best life possible no matter what the circumstances. It speaks of determination, resilience, and courage. It is also a history of the National Leprosarium in Carville, Louisiana from 1930 to 1955 when patients were treated more like inmates in a prison than patients in a hospital. But most of all, it is a love story about two patients who were discouraged from marrying and having children by hospital authorities.
The book contains 30 images of photos, paintings, cartoons and illustrations by Johnny.