This is the prequel to the trilogy, A Relative Invasion, "this well-executed emotional drama" (Historical Novel Society) .
The story explores the fateful relationship between Billy and his talented but devious cousin, Kenneth.
Readers of A Relative Invasion asked about the family before the boys were born. Did the adults' previous lives predetermine the dramatic events in Book Three? To answer these points I wrote this prequel and allowed the older generation to give some account of their pre-war life.
An early draft of A Relative Invasion was runner-up in the Yeovil Prize (novel) and gained a full critique from Harper Collins writers' site: "—a powerful and compelling narrative with strong and relatable characters… The author is deft in capturing that sense of tightly controlled emotions in the parents' characters…it foreshadows the violence about to erupt in Europe..."