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The ascent from deuce-8

Peyton Siva decided to clean up the world of trouble he was raised in

Updated: November 2, 2012, 12:22 PM ET
By Eli Saslow | ESPN The Magazine

HE TAUGHT HIMSELF to drive at age 13, out of necessity, the same reason he learned to do everything. And one day in that summer of 2005, Peyton Siva climbed into his brother's beat-up Dodge and headed off to search for his dad.

Siva's father had been missing for a week this time, maybe longer. His disappearances had become so regular that almost everyone in the family had stopped bothering to look -- everyone except Siva, a rising freshman on whom so many had come ...

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