An excellent story addressing two questions in this philosophical journey through four generations of Whitakers: where is American society headed? And what is the validity of a spiritual life? The author weaves a wonderful tale of intertwined, personal confrontations with these questions as the characters are developed through their stories. Bread crumbs are left for the reader, leading a path from 1926 where blind faith in our creator is in concert with patriotism; during a time where through community and country people believed they were a part of something greater than themselves. The path traverses through the generations as the reader witnesses the evolution of core beliefs to the present where self-concern and apathy toward a greater good enables the empowerment of pseudo-intellectuals to re-define history to cater to the majority populace of victims. The extrapolation to the future is an easy one as the author provides strong reference to current day events that illustrate the movement in academia and party platforms that goes unnoticed by the general populace, but soon becomes the core of the country’s legislation. One of the story’s main characters, representing hope and common sense challenges the immutable course through debate at one of our country’s patriotic corner stones. What begins with an active discourse with academic mavens, leads to a final debate between son and father … one that has been a lifetime in the making. Each has a noble motive for entering the dialogue, but it is only when their gloves are removed in the end that they reveal how much each means to each other. The story is a strong, thought-provoking message, providing an impeccably researched glimpse of where our country’s current path could lead. It is a must-read … twice.