From Kolchin, a small shtetll in 1880 Czarist Russia, to New York City in 1944, and from Mussolini's 1936 Rome to the deck of the American Destroyer Escort, Jethro, Bernard Binder has written a saga of three generations of the Caine and Rossini families. Their histories, one born in the horror of a Cossack pogrom and the other in the brutality of Mussolini's Fascist state, become a tale of family tradition, love, generational collision, and World War II action in the South Pacific.
As soon as Jennifer Caine and navy Lt. Mario Rossini fall in love, they are immediately separated by a continent and an ocean. In New York, Jennifer, joins her father, Isaac, owner of Belkoff's Fashions where she struggles against him to define the direction of the business as well as to understand and reconcile their different management philosophies.
After nursing the wounded Destroyer Escort, Jethro, back to Pearl Harbor, the now Lt. Comdr. Mario Rossini assumes command and takes her back into the South Pacific to the battle of Okinawa. At Alamogordo he witnesses the dawn of the atomic age and then attends the end of hostility ceremonies aboard the battlewagon Missouri as Aide to Admiral Chauncey Mellon. At war's end, Jennifer and Mario attempt to pick up the pieces of their interrupted relationship and reconstruct their fractured lives. Their warmth and tenderness toward each other has now become burdened with the responsibilities of business, family, love of country, and most importantly for each, a truer appreciation of self worth.
Here is a saga of three generations of family love born in the depths of a horror kept secret for sixty four years; interwoven with a tale of war and patriotism fought on the decks of the Jethro in the South Pacific.