It was 1947, and seventeen-year-old Pete Forsythe had just arrived in the seemingly sleepy town of Van Horn in southwest Texas. Abandoned by his mother, the Chicago-bred teen went about adapting to life with his stuffy, well-to-do aunt and uncle.
Soon boredom, frustration, and rebellion lured Pete to a gang of veterans struggling to recapture the normalcy of their pre-war lives. Led by the enigmatic B-John, the group opens up a world of danger, mystery, and adulthood to Pete, while shining a light on secrets the townsfolk would rather keep to hushed whispers.
Torn between childhood and adult life, big city and small town, Pete is left to his own devices to determine whose version of morality is correct. He soon realizes no one is as good or bad as they seem in Van Horn.
A character-driven coming-of-age thriller, Yellow Jackets bluntly explores post-World War II rural America while leaving readers to wonder if Pete’s luck will run out.