This book is set in the 400-year period between the end of the Old Testament and the start of the New. The nation of Judah has been conquered by the Syrians, who are threatening to kill the Jews if they don’t reject the laws of Moses to follow their ways. Leah has had a troubled childhood and just longs for a peaceful, quiet life. She is married to a strong yet gentle man, Judah (or Judas) Maccabees, who becomes the leader of the Jewish nation, and leads the rebellion against the Syrians. We see the miraculous story unfolds of how God protects His people by the hands of the courageous and victorious Maccabees. We see the emotions of Judah’s wife as she experiences the nation at war, and her husband’s role in it. She learns that love often requires courage … and sacrifice.