When Squeaky Lau first meets Cassia Young, it's at the wrong end of her sword. Their families fought one another for generations, maintaining an age-old blood feud. But that changed when they found themselves on the same side of a new struggle against the tyrannical Manchu dynasty. By devoting himself fully to the revolution, Squeaky Lau wins Cassia's trust — and her heart.
But winning Cassia's love is not enough. Now Squeaky must prove his worth as a man — to Cassia, to his village, and most importantly, to himself. And the only way he can do that is by giving up everything he has worked for and traveling to the Land of the Golden Mountain, the place foreign demons call "America."
Set in China and California in 1855, this sequel to The Serpent's Children by the author of Dragonwings is "a rich blend of action, moral lessons, and complex characterizations" — ALA Booklist