In 1945, 13-year-old Levi Battle is put on a train in Chicago by his aunt and sent south to Fayetteville, NC, to live with his father who is serving in the army. Not only does Levi discover that his father is no longer stationed in Fayetteville, but he is shocked to discover the segregationist ways of the South. Taken in by an army comrade of his father’s, Levi eventually travels to Pendleton, Oregon, and begins to rebuild his relationship with father who is serving in the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, the first African-American paratrooper unit in the nation. A moving father-son story set against the backdrop of a little known episode of African-American history.

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