When Eric Nathan Rashford left the country of his birth he converted all his assets to raw cash and legally changed his name to Eric Nathan.
He did this to make it difficult, if not impossible for his family to find him.
The first year Eric lived in Paradise, he just breathed. He enjoyed doing nothing. He swam, scuba dived, went on boat rides. He needed time to find ‘himself’. His entire life had been devoted to his family. He had left school at fourteen to work in his father’s business and to help support his two younger brothers.
He worked for thirty years without question. His wife left him for neglect, he children went with her, treating her second husband as their father.
And after losing his childhood, his marriage, his own children, was treated with no greater respect than his baby brother David, who never worked a day in his life.
For Eric’s father to leave the company in equal shares to his four sons was a kick in the groin. So Eric sold everything, from his car to his shares in the company, and disappeared.
He went to a Tropical Island, into a guest house and just breathed. Just lived. Just lived for himself, not his family.
Over time he became friendly with the owner of the guest house and the sister of that owner.
He made them believe he had retired from his job early due to an injury and received a monthly pension.
In this way, they would know him, not his name. They would judge him on himself, not his money.