Dylan Barstow is a troubled teen. When his mom reaches the end of her rope after he is arrested for stealing a car and doing donuts in a farmer's field, she calls in his Uncle Todd, an ex-Marine, to see what he can do with Dylan. Uncle Todd's plan includes a trip to Papua New Guinea to search for a missing WWII B-17 bomber which was shot down during WWII. Dylan's grandfather was the only survivor of the crash to make it out of the jungle alive.
Dylan's "chip on the shoulder" and refusal to listen to anyone else could cost him his life when he wanders off from the rest of the group and gets lost in the jungle.
Mikaelsen dedicated the book to "...the young and courageous crews who manned the bombers during the Second World War." During his research for the book, he says, "...after hearing the personal accounts of bravery...I was humbled to tears. The adage that 'freedom is never free' became more than simple words. Those words became very real and not only imprinted themselves on my mind but are now chiseled like stone in my heart."
You might also like other Ben Mikaelsen fiction book that we have in the TA library:
- Touching Spirit Bear
- Red Midnight
- Rescue Josh McGuire
- Sparrow Hawk Red
- Ghost of Spirit Bear
- Tree Girl