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This historical novel is about an upright merchant's son from Québec whose life is thrown into turmoil by the horrors of war, the trials he faces and the deceit of men. The family of Pierre Philibert has lived on the land for three generations, and he is the youngest volunteer to join Montcalm's battalion in 1757. After months under a French commander who thinks himself superior in class, Pierre feels the need to know he is fighting for a good cause and for values he holds dear: his father's store, his sister Antoinette, the beauty of the fall foliage and the season's first snowfall over his homeland.
Defended by men who are less patriotic than Pierre, New France eventually falls. In his second year of combat, Pierre's illusions of being a soldier vanish. And in almost impossible circumstances, he also meets the love of his life. His story is full of drama and heartbreaking separations; his situation vacillates between justice and injustice. With remarkable courage and an iron will, Pierre faces experiences that will mark him forever.