In the near future and alternate past, the world is on the brink of war. World War 3. China is at war with Russia and people are dying. Corina's father has died after serving in the Red Cross during the war for sixteen years. I liked Corina. She is tough and spunky. This is a fast paced, well written story. Corina never knew her father, he left for the war before she was born. Everyone says what an amazing person and hero he was, but Corina isn't too sure. And then a mysterious man shows up and offers Corina a magical solution and Corina meets her father. I was enjoying this book a lot. There was a lot of adventure and teenage angst and then it was really heart warming and sweet. Great book. 5 stars.