They were afraid... Living on the edge of the Pacific ocean, the Callister family and their neighbors have every reason to believe that the Navy yard at Puget Sound will not be safe if there are attacks from forces across the sea.
All Lindy knows is that her father draws blueprints for the Navy, outfitting battleships sailing out to the Hawaiian Islands with guns. She becomes intrigued by the Navy yard, and especially with one of the cleaning girls with golden hair, Sarah. Their lives intersect when she learns that Sarah lives in the dark house on the hill, and pleads, one day, with her father to offer Sarah a ride home.
The mysterious activities of Sarah's family prove to be alarming indulgences that threaten the soundness of the Callister family. Will the battles fought abroad and in the house on the hill test the Callister family beyond their capacity to endure?
Acclaimed author Marilyn Brown uses the background of World War II to portray a family's inner-battle on Puget Sound. "There are varieties of wars raging always," Marilyn Brown reminds us. "The battles we fight today are just as real in many ways as those of yesterday. Our methods of fighting them have changed."