A mesmerizing tale of unjust imprisonment and harrowing escape attempts. Suspenseful, mysterious, heart-wrenching, and populated by a cast of unforgettable characters.
It’s December of 1949, and civil war is raging throughout China. The coastal town of Hangzhou erupts in confrontations between the followers of Chang Kai Shek and Mao Zedong. Fourteen-year-old Tao Wen Shun, the upstanding son of an educated family, is reeling from the news that he is being sent to a sponsoring family in Canada to escape the terrors of Mao’s regime. Wen Shun joins other evacuees on a voyage around the world and finds himself under a human trafficking cartel’s domination.
Inspired by real events, a moving coming-of-age drama, this 20th-century historical fiction novel spans two continents and is filled with action where strength of character prevails.
Who does he become as a foreigner in a country whose people, language, and culture he doesn’t know or understand? Beset by the doubts and passions common to anyone in these circumstances, will he find the courage to endure, and what will be his future?