As the Cold War and Space Race surge to full throttle, expatriated German scientists, many with former Nazi ties, transform a sleepy farming community in the Appalachian foothills of north Alabama into Rocket City.
Will the fragile coexistence between citizens of Rocket City and German “Prisoners of Peace” splinter when a series of child abductions stun the community?
Arik Ensminger, a second generation German, grew up in the southern town eating dark bread and liverwurst, playing cowboys and Indians in lederhosen. An avid spelunker, Arik dreams of becoming a nature photographer, but instead follows his father’s footsteps and prepares for a medical career. He is a dutiful son until…
He defies his father to join a search for a missing child.
Arik partners with Willa, the next door Wunderkind, to search the unexplored caverns. Caught in a disorienting time slip, they lose their way but find an unlikely guide in a little ghost girl that leads them to a cache of medical data linking Arik’s family with covert Nazi studies and… A secret passage from Arik’s home to Drost Park where Arik and Willa discover the body of the murdered child.
With Willa’s help, Arik has one shot to end his family’s ruthless legacy, but if they aren’t careful, he will become the final test subject and Willa will die.