It's Saturday, October 27, 1962, the
darkest day of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Two children, Ralph and his
little sister Lou, are searching for empty bottles in a vacant lot when
they discover a rock which - to them, at least - looks quite a lot like
Jesus. Ralph immediately declares it a Possible Holy Object. And, since
his fondest wish is to be a "boy-in-a-story", he earnestly places
himself and Lou - now his "sidekick" - in a tale featuring the "sacred
rock" as the key to nothing less than saving the world from nuclear
But there's another boy, Toby - older, shrewder, and
quite a bit larger - who has very different plans for the rock,
intending to use it as a lucrative sideshow exhibit, complete with
fliers: Is it Jesus? Or just a rock? You decide!
over the children and their small scale war is the general anxiety and
dread attending the most perilous moment in our history. As we
approach the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock provides a unique, children's-eye view of that near-Armageddon.
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