In a small industrial town in the southeast of Germany, my grandfather is about to die. Cornered by Nazi soldiers, his outbursts and protests against the Third Reich are going to come to a bloody, violent end. He will leave behind a wife, twin daughters, and an eight year old son.
My family just took delivery of a brand new 23 foot Dodge recreational vehicle, gleaming white in all its road-hogging magnificence, and a replacement for the camper that we’d used on many a family vacation.
Dad, owner/operator of his own Mercedes Benz repair shop, is eager to dive into preparations for the maiden voyage: a massive month-long family expedition up and down the west coast. All he has to do is prep the behemoth, and we’d be on our way.