Robert Cormier's young adult novel, I Am the Cheese, was first published in 1977. (The book was his second adolescent novel and followed the highly popular The Chocolate War in 1974.) It tells the story of Adam Farmer, who discovers that his family has been members of the federal witness protection program. The main character and narrator, Adam learns that his real name was Paul Delmonte; his father, a newspaper reporter, had uncovered a link to organized crime and testified before a Congressional hearing. After threats are made against his life, the family changes its name and goes into hiding. Adam/Paul eventually discovers the truth about his family--in more ways than one.