Jakob plots a perilous escape in spite of overwhelming odds against succeeding. But even if he can get away, could he survive a harrowing journey over the hundreds of miles of rugged terrain that lie between him and his Northkill community? Does home still exist? Are his older son and daughter, Johannes and Barbara, still alive? Will he ever find his boys and bring them home?
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
After reading the first book in the series - Northkill, I was so fascinated and invested in the story I had to continue reading to find out what happened to the Hochstetler family. So I immediately purchased this book from Amazon. I am so glad I did!
The authors have done an incredible job at taking us into the continuing story of their ancestors, Jakob Hochstetler and his sons Christian and Joseph, who were kidnapped and held captive by the Seneca and Lenape Indians.
For Jakob, nothing will deter him from escaping, returning home and finding his sons who were torn from him. But for Joseph and Christian, who have been adopted into the Lenape tribe and are considered one of them, they cannot think of anything worse than returning to their former lives.
I loved how the authors take you into the mindset of each captive. Jakob, being older and set in his faith was focused on escape, yet he was obedient to his captors. He bided his time and waited. His journey home was harrowing and one of the finest pieces of writing I've ever read. Joseph and Christian on the other hand, being young, are easily converted to accept their new lives. They come to love their new "mothers" and "fathers". But when the English propose a new peace treaty with the Indians they demand that all white captives be returned. Joseph and Christian refuse to go and I won't tell you more because it is such a good book that I don't want to spoil it.
Excellent writing and wonderfully researched, this is a series you want to invest yourself in!