"Fourteen-year-old Annie Howard is determined to help her father embrace life once again as the Cold War grips the nation. In the midst of her efforts, she meets and befriends two refugees from Holland, and comes to see the world differently and understand a bit about the nature of sacrifice"-- When Daddy was missing in the war, I wanted nothing more than for him to come home and wrap me up in a big bear hug. Once he was safely back home, what could ever go wrong again? The worst would be over. Trouble was I hadn't counted on him being hurt and needing us to take care of him. Four years have gone by since Annie Leigh Howard joyfully welcomed her father back from World War II. Life isn't back to normal quite as Annie once hoped, though. It is now January 1950, and the Cold War has begun to grip the nation. In this sequel to Annie's War, the family has finally settled in after a major move from Seattle to Tacoma, but Annie's once outgoing and gregarious father, now blind from the war, is retreating from the outside world. Annie is determined to help her father once again embrace life. In the midst of her efforts, she meets Elisabeth Vander Velde and her handsome twin brother, Johannes, refugees from Holland. Through them, she comes to see the world differently -- to understand the deep consequences of war and the true nature of sacrifice. - Back cover.