How does Daniel change throughout the book?
Daniel begins the story full of hatred for the Romans for what they did to his family, and has resolved to satisfy that hatred through revenge. Impressionable and lacking a father, he turns to Josh as a role model, who is not the righteous revolutionary, determined to liberate the masses, as he first appears. Through a series of experiences, which include meeting Jesus and hearing his friend Simon talk about him, Daniel begins to realize there is another way to view the world and achieve change rather than through the lens of hatred. When his sister, now friends with a Roman soldier, becomes very ill at the end of the story, Jesus visits their house and cures her. Daniel then understands the power of love is greater than the power of hate. “To know Jesus would be enough,” he says, “and with that the terrible weight was gone. In its place a strength and sureness, and a peace he had never imagined, flowed around him and into his mind and heart” (252-53). He extends his heart to his friend Leah, speaks to the Roman soldier, and we know he will no longer be the tormented boy he was at the beginning of the story.