Ali thinks, as she flat-out sprints across the scalded desert to the hospital room she shares with Ruthie.
“It’s the sweetest word in the world.”
Step In or Fall In.
Maryland high school sophomore Ruthie opens her locker door and sees descending stone stairs. Down she goes.
She arrives in a secret basement, but not like one you’ve ever seen. It’s vast and green, with mountains, rivers & meadows. There she meets another girl and two boys who stepped … or fell in.
They tire of the ginormous cellar fast, so they emerge in the middle of WW2, in Arizona. It’s a Prisoner of War camp, for Nazi soldiers who have been captured.
Trouble abounds and love blooms, as the four high schoolers try to pull off a major miracle.
There’s the family you’re given at birth. And the one formed with unexpected friends. Find adventure with this quartet inside a fiery forge — where you can be shaped into something astounding. Or burn up in the process.
NOTE: This story is “PG-13” rated. And “H” for Heart.