She didn’t have to say, “What about me” – but she did. Alone on foreign soil in pre-war China, Madelaine was pregnant, injured, and afraid. Her low-ranking husband promised a honeymoon “never to be forgotten,” but this was not what he had in mind. Circumstances became more critical when the Admiral declared the fleet was shipping out. Harold couldn’t sail away and leave her, but he was a sailor in the United States Navy, sworn to follow orders. The newly-weds were forced to face a frightening reality; they were unprepared. Her one-way ticket from San Francisco to Shanghai held no contingencies for safe passage home in cases of political unrest, or worse. Over-loaded modes of transportation were quickly filled with anxious, frightened refugees scrambling to find any means of passage out of the country, but not Madelaine. She had insufficient funds, and far from home, had no viable means of safety. No one could have predicted the storm clouds of war would become so personal, but they did. Forlorn, terrified, and nearly penniless, the couple turned to the only source of eternal truth for answers, God. It would take more than first-rate dragon luck to save her life – and mine, for you see, I was that unborn child.
This book is semi-autobiographical. The quest is to introduce the FOLTZ FAMILY, military people who lived a somewhat nomadic life, often required by defenders of freedom. Believing succeeding generations are influenced by their ancestors, today’s generations will benefit from knowing their histories – for they are the Builders of Tomorrow.