THE COLLECTION OF HENG SOUK IS AN AMAZING STORY OF WHAT U.S.A. TROOPS ENCOUNTERED AS PRISONERS OF THE VIETNAMESE DURING THE WAR. HENG SOUK KEPT A DIARY OF ONE OF THESE PRISONERS AND HIS NIECE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ IT. THE DIARY REVEALED THE CRUELTY HENG SOUK IMPARTED ON THE MEN WHO FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY. HENG SOUK FELT HE HAD AN OBLIGATION TO KEEP UP A REPUTATION BUT DID NOT DEVELOP REGRET UNTIL MUCH LATER IN LIFE. FOR THOSE TRYING TO FIND WHAT HAPPENED TO LOVED ONES, THE DIARY AND CURRENT DAY VISITS TO THE PRISON BRING SURPRISING ANSWERS.
To some, Heng Souk is a hero. To many he is a criminal. For Souk himself he is neither, merely a man seeking to balance what he once was, with what he now is. When the daughter of his estranged brother arrives, with her comes the possibility of atonement.
Sun has come to tell him of the death of her father and to return a surprise package. Yet her frail uncle is a very different man from her tough and testing father. When she discovers in his possession a notebook written by an American POW detailing his torturous relationship with his captor, she is startled by what she learns.
Meanwhile, Thomas Allen, still reeling from the death of his daughter and the breakup of his marriage, is told that the man he always called Dad was not his biological father. His mother gives him a batch of letters she still has from the ‘real’ disappeared father. Their tragically unresolved love story prompts Thomas to find out why his mother’s ‘greatest love’ never returned to her after the Vietnam War.
His search leads him to the notorious prison ‘the Citadel’, and to Sun and her uncle. Despite the hostility of her brutal husband and deceitful mother, Sun and Thomas begin a perilous relationship. Aware that the fate of Thomas’ father is revealed in Ephraim’s notebook, she is torn between helping Thomas in his search and the damaging effect revealing what is in the notebook will mean for all of them.
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