It is 1932 and twelve-year-old Cal Blackbird and his father, a World War I veteran, have been riding the rails after losing their farm in the Great Depression, eking out a living as “knights of the road”.  When Cal’s dad hears that many of his fellow vets plan to gather in Washington D.C. to demand the government payments they were promised but never received, he decides he must join the effort. To keep Cal safe while he is away, Pop, who is a Creek Indian, sends him to a boarding school for native Americans in Oklahoma.  The other Creek boys at the school take Cal under their wing, support direly needed in the face of the harsh and often miserable conditions he encounters. As Cal begins to learn about his people’s history, language, and heritage, he grows to value his Creek identity and the strength of the friends he makes. Written by Joseph Bruchac, the author of Code Talker, this is must-read historical fiction.