Jacob doesn't know what to make of the new boy -- he's already on the wrong side of William and Henry, and his father has refused to swear the oath of allegiance. Yet, when Jacob falls through the ice on the Niagara River, it's Eli who comes to his rescue.
But choosing friends can also mean making enemies...
As the tensions between the United States and Canada heat up in the months before the War of 1812, Jacob discovers that there are many kinds of loyalty.
"Readers gain an excellent understanding of the politics and events
leading up to the war . . . The issues at hand are far from
black-and-white, and Cummer doesn't oversimplify or sugar-coat these
problems." —Canadian Children's Book News
historical tale . . . The reader will feel invested in the characters
and enjoy the rise and fall of tension as the story progresses through
an ebb and pull of loyalties and intrigue." —CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"This novel is sure to engage boys with its war tensions, civil dramas,
bullying, and what it means to be life-long friends despite the odds." —Resource Links