This is a rather tight-nerved tale full of love between a man and his son as they travel through the American countryside after it has been blasted and burned. Very few people are left, very little food can be found, and no one can trust anyone else. The man remembers how things used to be, but the son is too young to know of the “good old days”. They are headed south, for warmth and the ocean, but it is winter and still uncomfortable. They both have illnesses from their hard life, but the man loses his battle at the end of the tale and the boy is taken in by a man who had a family and was aware of his circumstances. A good ending for a frightening tale.
This is a story of a man who was involved in the disrest between North Korea and America. Jun Do’s mother was a singer and, as all beautiful women in provinces, was shipped to Phongyong. His father was the Orphan Master, who ran the orphanage where kids were kept until adopted. Jun Do had to do the unwelcome jobs at Long Tomorrows and was hurt in many ways by his sad father, but was not allowed to be adopted or work in the factories. When the year of floods came, wiping out many homes, factories, and lives, he became a tunnel-soldier at the age of fourteen, trained in zero light combat. When he was twenty-two, he was put on a fishing boat where he was trained in Japanese, some English, and how to listen to military soundings on the radio at night. He also listened to many other soundings, like the two American girls rowing their way around the world. He became a professional kidnapper, fell in love with the actress Sun Moon, and took on the role of the leader Kim Jung II to save her. This story tells the horrible tale of life during those treacherous war years.