However, when the inconsequent 14 years old Anton provokes a scandal on their grandmother birthday event, the brothers had to run away from their vicious stepfather’s rage. An abandoned barn not far from the road seemed a safe choice, but it is where a fire triggered by an oil lamp and the dry straw takes Anton’s life and leaves Eric’s skin thick in burns. Although, the event leads the peculiar Mr. George Hudson to their encounter.
Even if Anton’s life was already beyond any help, the farmer takes the younger boy under his guardianship. The later arrive of Mrs. Zaila Khalil and her young son Thales to the property perhaps was his very first chance to know what an actual family is like. 12 years had to pass until Mr. Hudson is able to convince the lad to a reconcilement with his grandmother and, on the years after it, it might seem that not much good came from the farmer's good intentions."
"Born on New York soil, the joyful boy had a troubled start in life. Ambitions kidnappers sent his parents Roger and Zaila Khalil to slave traders that sold them to a strict plantation master south of Georgia. After the murder of his father on an unsuccessful riot, it is by the help of the mistress that Thales, only 9 at the time, and his mother are able to escape the property to the seaport and to an uncertain future.
A troubled sea traveling leads them to arrive on the unknown lands of England. After a few months working on a humble sewing studio, they find hostage with the grumpy farmer Mr. George and his teenager foster boy Eric, and, out of his mother’s negotiations, there they ended up staying.
His mother is his heroine, and never let him forget about his origins. Thales finds particular amusement on testing his new brother’s patience to its limit. He gets a great deal of help on this task after acquainting with a hot temper little redhead girl at the nearest village. Although his charms and charisma have enough power to win everyone's sympathy, he soon sees most people outside the farm are not interesting in looking at anything but his skin tone. One of the few exceptions appeared to be one of Mr. George’s lovely nieces, Maxine Bellefleur, despite her father’s pronounced protestations towards their friendship."
"Free-spirited, tempered and owner of a quite inappropriate sense of humor. “That’s not very lady like” is a sentence Jill is used to hear. A fond for horse-riding, the only daughter of the scottish’s Josiah and Abigail Kendall moved still an infant to a small British countryside village, along with her father’s pursuit for his younger sister.
Since her early years she found much amusement on punching bags and endless attempts to win her sturdy father at arm-wrestling, while the sewing and pretty dresses were for her soft mother’s liking. When life did not gave her siblings to discount her temper on, the little girl found them on her own on Mr. Hudson’s young foster boys Eric and Thales, and the farm and its residents became her second home and family."