This is the fourth novel in a series called “Witnesses”, the main subject of which is what happens when big troubles like warfare disrupt the lives of ordinary people.
The novel consists of stories set during three wars, one imaginary, that American people have fought in — a 17th century war between natives and colonists of English stock, a 20th century war in Asia that doesn’t go well for the United States, and a battle in the near-present against a misguided cult called the Scythians.
Our democratic way of life often faces challenges, and that’s another way of looking at the stories in the novel. Some challenges come from outside, others arise because of imperfections in democratic communities. American people know how to make improvements, and adjustments often start at the grassroots.