Shadows at War

In the background of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the war in Iraq, with a dedicated soldier as their pawn, two powerful men play a high-stakes game.

One works on the side of good, but is corrupted when he realizes what he could gain by utilizing his position to his own advantage. The other has been working for years, patiently waiting for his chance to possess his prize. But which of them is the lesser of two evils?

The line between them is blurred by a shadow that grows darker with each carefully crafted lie.

"Barbed wire cuts on both sides of the fence."

In a Texas time when cattle were more common than houses and racial division was both expected and tolerated, Beauregard Lee Kelso learned at an early age some painful truths about the breaking and mending of souls. Now decades later at the age of eighty-three, this old cowboy struggles with decisions of his past that won’t allow him peace of mind.

Through the unlikely messengers of two young trespassers — one white and one black — looking to fish in one of the many pasture watering holes, the issues of race are softened by the sheer beauty of nature and friendship. Bo eventually hires Kevin and Leonard as summer farmhands, offering mentorship and freedom the boys had not before known.

And through their charming exchange of goodwill, Bo finds his peace by recognizing something he’d always known: the path to forgiveness starts with an honest look at the limitations and the fears within oneself.

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