Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Art


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Michael Nye

Second Advisor

Eve Jones


Physician Lawrence "Doc" Bass lives in Ellington, Missouri. Forced to close his practice due to crippling arthritis, Doc has resigned himself to early retirement-until the day he meets Aubrey, a boy with an unusual birthmark on his back. Aubrey fits perfectly into the already quirky family of Hickcocks. He may be just a child, but strange things-good things-begin to happen whenever Aubrey is around. But not all of the Ellington folks feel the same way about him; some have an agenda for the boy. Doc, his good friend Sheriff Baines, and a host of other folks come in contact with Aubrey and his family during the boy's early years. ··Rock Child" explores what happens in a small town when faith and science, friends and strangers, and courage and fear collide.