When it was learned that Isaac's father was spending his time away with various regular girlfriends who peppered his northeastern regional sales route, Isaac's mother did the then unthinkable deed of filing for divorce. She got the home, custody of Isaac, and a tidy alimony. Isaac saw his father even less after that.
A naturally bright young man who spent much of his alone time reading books on history and National Geographic magazines, he attended Princeton University for his undergraduate degree in Journalism, under a partial scholarship and working random part-time jobs for the remainder of his tuition so he didn't have to accept his father's money. It was there at Princeton, while in his junior year beginning the coursework for a minor in Acting (he thought, as it happened correctly, that it would aid in his one day becoming a famous television news anchor) where he met the woman who was to become his wife, Paulette Anderson (though her friends always called her Piper for her luscious singing voice) a sophomore in the Musical Theater department.
Graduating one year ahead of Piper, Isaac stuck around taking a job as an editor's assistant at a local newspaper until Piper could finish school and join him on his cross-country relocation to Los Angeles to get his Journalism Masters at UCLA. Their plans got delayed by an extra year and a half, however, as he helped Piper battle, and thankfully triumph, over breast cancer. Upon her recovery and completing of her undergraduate studies, it was off they went to California, an extra bundle in tow, which they didn't discover until a week after landing.
In Los Angeles, Piper took little short-term singing gigs, like recording radio commercial jingles or playing Mrs. Claus at the mall every winter, so she could stay home raising their son, Caleb (or at least keep him close), while Isaac completed his masters degree and immediately landed himself a job writing briefs for the weekend anchors at WNN TV, the cable television arm of World Network News, the world's largest news media network. Three years later, Isaac had climbed his way up to become the network's (and the nation's) #1 weekday and prime time news anchor. Of course this left him little time for his family, and when his wife's cancer returned, and this time won, the world's most famous newsman was left a bereft husband and the ill-prepared father of a bitter and confused pre-adolescent boy.
At the start of Free Will Flux, his son 14 and his wife gone near 5 years now, Isaac is 46.