John began his coaching career in September of 1932 when he was officially named Athletic Director, Coach, and English Teacher at Dayton High School in Kentucky. There is also evidence to suggest that at the same time he was playing for the Independent League known as the Indianapolis Kautskys. His first year coaching The Green Devils, John would have his first and only losing season, winning only six games and losing 11. Two years later John and Nellie moved to South Bend, Indiana.
Late one evening, Alex Whittemore awoke to discover his ability to control light. Kidnapped and forced into servitude with the NighGuard, protectors of the Royals and keepers of the Light, he befriends Daamen, NighGuard Overseer, who helps him develop his true potential.
Danial Sawyer, a young blacksmith, was considered by the townsfolk of Emerson, Pennsylvania, to be a malingerer and a teller of tall tales who was frequently daydreaming. Daniel's hard and mundane life changed when he met the girl of his dreams, Miss Anna Mae Prophet, a comely young woman who he stumbled upon as she was bathing in a small pond.