Jacob Miller, a first-generation American of German descent, grew up in New Berlin, a small immigrant town in Ohio. He lived through the Great Depression and built a happy life for himself with his wife and young son. But when his friend is sent to an internment camp for enemy combatants, Jacob's world is turned upside down.
The war comes to Jacob's doorstep, and he is forced to make a difficult decision: fight for the country he loves, even though it means fighting against his own people? Or stay home and protect his family?
Jacob's story is one of hope, resilience, and the power of the human spirit. It is a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always light to be found.
In the book, Teri M Brown explores how xenophobia can be used to justify the persecution of people who are different, how war can strain family relationships, and that war is not won and lost by nations, but by ordinary men and women and the families who support them. Brown shows how war is not just fought on the battlefield, but also in the hearts and minds of ordinary people. Jacob's story is a reminder that the true cost of war is paid by the families who lose loved ones and the communities that are destroyed.