Well-known events are seen through new eyes, in an original and refreshingly appealing way. The story portrays ‘real’ people as they are seldom characterized in American literature; real, raw and full of emotion. The Lanzis: The Boundless Shades of Life chronicles a proud family who resist the pressures of an autocratic Regime. They find love amidst the hatred of a savage world while they endeavor to maintain a healthy, balanced perspective on their friends and their enemies. ‘Hold your friends close and your enemies closer’ becomes their way of life. This is also the poignant story of a young boy, sexually coming of age, and his innocence set against the backdrop of the war.