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In 1944, France is still under German occupation and resistance groups mount attacks. High school students at a boarding school near the town of Conflans are taught by priests who adamantly refuse to let them go into the forest beyond the school's boundaries. Among the priests is Father Janin, nicknamed the cat or the "Knight of the Trees." What could be more enticing for 13-year-old Lucien than to embark on forbidden explorations and claim in front of his schoolmates that he knows the secrets of the Indians? Lucien Goldman, who comes from Baie-Saint-Paul, is hiding at the school under the name of Lucien Miron. When Lucien and his schoolmates return from an escapade, they discover a dead German soldier. Tensions mount when SS division soldiers (elite Nazi troops) arrive at the school.
What began as fun will put everyone's life in danger. The "Knight of the Trees" and the other priests must protect the students. This gripping novel provides insight into how the Resistance network functioned and it reveals the true character of people who must face danger.