This book is an account of one man's journey to find himself. It turns out that, in his case, he has to discover who his mother is before he can really find his own peace. While on that quest, he shares his life as well as his discoveries. In some ways, his family values are the same as most people's. For example, the fact that the children were not to share any information about the family with anyone "outside" is not particularly typical; however, being of mixed parentage at that time was likely to cause them grief and/or trouble, so it was probably a wise way for them to live.