They had signed onto what sounded like a lovely adventure: two years living in and managing a B&B in a small coastal town in Alaska. Huck Bishop, who was 28 and had grown up among corn and soybean fields in Indiana, had always harbored an unlikely desire to live in a fishing village. And, Sam, Huck’s 22-year-old wife, who had skipped her college graduation ceremony to attend their wedding rehearsal, thought Homer sounded like the right place to begin life with her new husband. To be together and work together in a place that was a clean slate for them both. The day after their wedding in Bloomington, they were on a plane to Anchorage.
But halfway into their two-year agreement, the out-of-state owner of the B&B suddenly fired and evicted them. They had 30 days to leave the inn—their home, workplace, and the center of their lives in this new, far-flung place. Thousands of miles from family and friends, they didn’t have a fork, let alone wheels and a roof, to call their own.