This is a tale of immigrants, love, war and the roots of American music and dancing. But it also addresses several serious and still contemporary issues, grim reminders that history often repeats. This includes sending sons off to war, capital punishment, conditions for industrial workers, problems along the Mexican border, assimilation of immigrants and, free speech–especially during wartime.
The book is based on oral history that has been supplemented and supported with information from secondary sources and original records. And it has been fictionalized with dialog and a few fictitious characters. Nevertheless, as a reenacted real life story, it will contribute to understanding the engrossing history and culture of the Southern Plains, as well as some little-known aspects of European history.