England. 1941. The book opens with a dramatic question: does Rob Adams, a 20 year Spitfire pilot who is parachuting out of a burning Spitfire survive? We have to wait until the climax at the end of the book to discover the truth. In flashback, we explore Rob’s home life; his life in the RAF and the people he learns to love: Kate, his best friend’s sister and a ten year old boy, Charlie.
Charlie, a 10 year old London evacuee, brings with him a traumatic background, a perceptive personality and a disarming ability to make people care about him deeply. He totally changes Rob’s family’s perception of themselves and the world.
I am fascinated by history and research is so important when writing about historical events. (So important that I went to Los Angeles to take my Private Pilot’s Licence so I could experience what it’s like to fly a plane.)