1940s – Pennsylvania
In the 1940s, the small Pennsylvania town of Haven is rather subdued with their young men facing battles in far-away Europe. Young Andy Gilbert, burdened with his job of delivering telegrams bringing the news of those missing or killed in action, faces the coming holidays with dread and discouragement. With each new message he must deliver–met by screaming mothers, grief-stricken wives, and weeping families–he longs to join the ranks of the numbered dead. Only one elderly woman recognizes the pain and suffering tormenting Andy–and it is through her wisdom that the stars again can shine for Andy and for a town that desperately needs the hope those stars represent. A touching novella book from a bestselling novelist.