This novel, based on true events, is a coming of age story about three
teenagers who live in Copenhagen, Denmark, but must attend an American high school in Frankfurt, Germany. Two roommates, one with straight red hair and glasses, the other blond, short crew cut and an athletic build, love the most attractive girl in the junior class--beautiful, short dark curly hair, and warm smile. Themes running through the narrative are friendship, romance, living in post-WWII/Cold War Europe, and growing up in military families. Key incidents involve the school, its dormitory, a swimming pool, a DC-3 airplane, and kayaking on a river. It ends in a tragedy, so designs should reflect a somber tone rather than one that's upbeat or cheery.