A Man of His Own
Rick Stanton was once a promising professional baseball player with a bright future ahead of him. World War II changed everything. Rick returns home with his body permanently broken and his dreams shattered. But it was not just body and spirit he sacrificed for the war. He and his devoted wife Francesca volunteered their beloved dog Pax for the Army’s K-9 Corp, not knowing if they’d ever see him again.
Their adored pet is dutifully (if reluctantly) returned by Keller Nicholson, the soldier who fought the war with Pax by his side. Where Rick and Pax shared a joyful companionship in those halcyon pre-war years, Keller and Pax have the kind of profound bond that can only be forged in the trenches of war. Keller, who can’t bear to part ways with Pax, hopes the Stantons will let him adopt the dog; instead, they offer Keller a job as Rick’s live-in aide. An unlikely family is formed, with steadfast Pax at the center. As they try to build a new life out of the ashes, Keller and Francesca find themselves drawn to one another, and struggle to keep their attraction at bay. Rick, fully aware that he can no longer give Francesca what she needs and wants, is quietly planning a way out.
All three of them need healing All three of them are lost. Pax, with his unconditional love and unwavering loyalty, may be the only one who can guide them home.