Written by: Joseph Bruchac
Theme one: The color of your skin doesn't matter
During WW2 the Japanese kept breaking US codes so they decided to try the Navajo language as the new code. It was so hard to learn that no white men could speak it. One day at his school a recruiter came to talk to the Navajos about joining the marines. A few days later Ned signed up and was taken to boot camp. While at boot camp they had to cross the desert with only one canteen of water. The white men failed but the Navajo made it to the end. Nobody thought that a Navajo Indian would know how to shoot a gun, but they learned fast and eventually shot just as good as the white soldiers. Throughout this book it proves time and time again that the color of your skin of how you lived before the war doesn't make you any better or worse than anyone else.