The mysterious disappearance of World War II warrior, Keith Brewster Van Zante, casts its shadow over the American saga, Of Joy and Sorrow. The resolution of this mystery will leave the reader questioning this man's life, his motives, his conscience and his reality. The novel is based on real persons and their history; it traces the triumphs and tragedies of three generations from the Kansas plains to the Arizona desert to California's Pacific shore. Of Joy and Sorrow weaves this family's personal story through the rich American history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Only in the 21st century can this story be told and with a conclusion a continent away.