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Michael DeStefano proudly served his country for twenty-four years in the United States Air Force. A graduate of the University of Maryland University College and retired from active duty, he currently lives in New England with his wife and son.

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Synopsis: Through the journals and correspondence West leaves behind, David embarks on a journey of discovery that takes him deeper into the world of an intensely private and humble man who went through the last years of his life alone. And off the grid.

Also waiting for David to discover is the promised treasure trove of original and unpublished autograph scores, the quality and quantity of which would rival that of the great composers.

West knew precious little about his estate that had been in continuous family hands since 1724. He knew nothing about his enigmatic ancestor, a Thomas of “historic import,” nor the origins of that ancient iron key. A key that held a secret even James Burton West remained ignorant of to his death.

A secret which may well have redrawn the map of the United States.