Danny worked as a carpenter all of his adult life, until an accident injured his back and caused him to lose his right eye. As a result of his injury, he found it difficult to continue working and contractors stopped hiring him, citing the insurance risk.
Danny soon lost his home and began moving from couch to couch. He eventually ended up outside, living in the woods of southern Mississippi for six years. As Danny's health issues worsened, he lost most of his mobility and began to depend on others living in the encampment, where he "became part of the environment of the camp."