In PHOENIXVILLE RISING, a man looks back on the hometown he tried to escape and the friends he had back when they were young delinquents just beginning a descent into lives of crime.
The Furnace Boys ruled the abandoned mill after Phoenix Iron & Steel left town. They wasted time with petty crimes and hollow talk about one day getting out. But shoplifting Hershey bars from 7-11 and boosting car radios for spending money was child's play. When a new evil entered the picture, life in Phoenixville took a much darker turn.
Things seemed so much simpler back when the mill was just beginning. When the town was prosperous and the life of a Furnace Boy was spent tending the fires in the new foundry. But when Civil War arrived in Phoenixville, the lives of the original Furnace Boys--and those who loved them--would never be the same.
The beginning and the end of a steel mill, two civil wars, as told through two generations of Furnace Boys. PHOENIXVILLE RISING. No matter how far you run from yesterday, rebirth may be just an illusion.