Nearly a thousand boys are camped in the training ground in Melek, and more arrive each day with their swords strapped to their backs. Some are bold, others are anxious--but all are curious. Is it true, they wonder, that young boys are really forming a militia to assist the Nephite armies?
Keturah hides her secret desire to fight in the stripling army as she watches the boys from the trees. But she believes that if God can protect a boy, He can protect a girl too and persuades Gideon, a handsome and dark-eyed warrior (of course!) to meet her in the woods and teach her to use her weapons. Nearly betrothed to Zeke, she should hardly be spending so much time in the woods with another boy. Nobody will approve, especially not Zeke, but Keturah has to follow her heart. By the time Captain Helaman takes command of the army, Keturah is armed, she is ready, and she is done watching from the trees.
Adventurous and romantic, the story of the pretty Ammonite girl who felt compelled to fight for the Nephite homeland, learned to follow the Spirit and fell in love while doing it, is both faith inspiring and unforgettable. (Publisher website)