Marcus is a fifteen year old boy who misses his father and worries about him but tries to remain strong for his family.
Marcus Campbell’s father is in the Canadian special forces. He has been serving in Afghanistan for quite some time, and the family is suffering for it. They all worry about whether or not he will come home. The house has fallen into disrepair, and his younger sister sleeps in their mother’s bed every night. Yet Marcus tries to remain strong. He knows that what his father is going to is harder than anything they are, and he does not want to complain.
So what if we had brown water, peeling paint, and a leaky roof? Compared to where he had been living for the past eight months, this place was a castle. (ch 1)
Marcus is mature in other ways too. Marcus is happy when his father returns, but he realizes he is different. Marcus’s father has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Marcus makes an effort to try to understand what he is going through.