In a bombed-out Polish village during World War II, a young resistance fighter finds that he is suddenly alone and trapped between two opposing armies. He is one of Poland’s “Devil’s Rebels” fighting desperately to save his homeland, but an injury has erased his memory and his only possession is a torn photograph of a couple he assumes are his parents. The woman appears to be holding the hand of a young child whose image has been ripped off. Could this be him?
Caught in the crosshairs of the retreating German army and the advancing Russian forces, the village holds nothing but destruction and despair until a mysterious young woman offers a small glimmer of hope that may represent his last chance – news of a refugee train departing from a nearby town, headed for American installations at the border.
But complications arise when the resistance fighter is betrayed by his own countryman and hunted by German SS officers who are determined to kill him before they retreat. Desperately searching for a home and family he can’t remember, he is persuaded to rescue two children who are doomed to die without his help. But as time runs out, the former rebel is faced with an impossible choice. Standing at the crossroads of saving himself or risking his life for strangers, what would motivate a young man at the brink of salvation to make one more sacrifice?
New York Times bestselling author Chris Stewart has created a powerful, soul-moving story of compassion and hope against all odds, set against the true-life backdrop of Eastern Poland and the courageous efforts of the “Devil’s Rebels” in the waning months of World War II.
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
"Stewart helps readers feel the inhumanity of war, the cold fear of the hunted, the icy heart of the hunter, and the resolve of residents of a bombed-out Polish town that has survived one opposing occupation after another. Ultimately Stewart imagines one family's miraculous journey out of the abyss of a truly horrific war."
"A simply riveting novel by an extraordinarily gifted author...Enthusiastically recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to fiction collections."
-Midwest Book Review
"An emotional story of hope and compassion in the face of adversity...Stewart expertly captures the look and feel of war-torn Poland, with his evident historical research, articulate writing and vivid descriptions. Readers will be transported to the front lines from the first page, thanks to an engaging plot and non-stop action. The novel is filled with memorable characters, including a gritty and unlikely hero, two lovable children and a crazed villain. With plenty of suspense and good pacing, plus a satisfying ending, Winter Sky makes for a powerful and inspiring read. With its December setting and Christmas theme, Winter Sky would also make an excellent addition to holiday bookshelves."
-Compass Book Ratings