The boy was the youngest child of the second wife of an old father. The only son, Darrell was. His father had been a baker by trade, and a trade unionist by inclination, burly, tough, but a good father to his six children. The first three were daughters of the first wife, a woman institutionalized for a kind of dementia.
Of the younger three, the eldest married a man scion to a wealthy, distant family from whom they both conspired to hide her religion.