For generals, soldiers, and politicians, the Civil war may have been about social issues, protecting a way of life, and facing a country divided, but the only thing on the minds of three young boys is finding their fathers-and finding them alive.
THE HARD PILLOW tells the gripping story of Johnny and his two friends, Charlie and Jose, as they find themselves having to grow up fast. Sons of Union soldiers, they find their lives torn apart when Confederate troopers take their home, Fort Pillow, Transport the captured wounded Union soldiers south.
Though their boyish curiosity helps them escape the same fate, the three embark on a journey of discovery as they head out seeking their fathers. Traveling by day and using tactics they learned from their fathers, the boys struggle to feed and shelter themselves, as well as to defend themselves from enemy attack all along the way. Can three young boys outmaneuver the rebels? Can they survive the rugged terrain and vigorous trip? What will they find when they reach their destination?
This delightful coming -of-age tale hearkens to a simpler, if not more tumultuous time, and gives us a fresh perspective of a critical point in American history. Despite their naivet and youthful spiritedness, Johnny, Charlie, and Jose convey a deeper moral to the story: There is no reason people of different backgrounds can't live and work together to achieve a common goal.