Author Robert Miller grew up in unusual circumstances he was the hearing son of deaf parents. Born in Defiance, Ohio named for General "Mad" Anthony Waynes fort at the confluence of the Auglaize and Maumee rivers he grew up dealing with the superstitions, prejudices and the more benign realities of having "handicapped" parents.

In the course of this history, Miller tells a touching story about his own coming-of-age, and corrects many of our misconceptions about the hearing-impaired for one, deaf parents rarely have deaf children (this one, his grandparents worried over ceaselessly).

This memoir also nudges us out of our hearing-ethnocentrism. Robert Hoffmeisters forward tells us, "The Hearing world believes that deaf people should want what the hearing world wants for them." But of course this is not true.