This is the ancient tale of Melchior the Prince, who reluctantly pursues a war his father believes to be foretold by an omen.  In this war, Melchior loses everything and resigns himself to
a life of duty and sorrow.  After many years, a sign from the heavens once again beckons Melchior.
Journeying with his comrade Casper and enemy-turned-friend Balthazar, Melchior risks all and
follows the star, knowing not where it will lead him.  What he finds in the simple town of
Bethlehem is redemption beyond his deepest hopes.

The author:  Christopher Freiler

Chris Freiler teaches Advanced Placement European History and Philosophy at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, IL, where he has been for over 20 years. He is also the author of AP Achiever European History: Advanced Placement Exam Prep Guide, and has been involved for many years with the national AP program. Beyond academics, Chris has always been moved by the theme of redemption in film, music, sport, and story. He holds out hope that there is a time and place where all hurts are healed, all wrongs righted, all rifts reconciled, and all faith rewarded. He lives in Glen Ellyn, IL, with his wife Michele and children, Megan and Kyle, for whom he wrote this story at Christmas some years ago.

The illustrator:  Michael Garman

Moving from kabuki theatre, illustrator and cartoonist Mike Garman now pens his editorial art and illustrations sans mask. Studying psychology at Illinois State University left him with little understanding of the human condition but a love for it nonetheless. His inks regularly appear throughout Chicago and the nation and are found at
Garman resides in Chicago with his wife and muse, Elizabeth, and their mercurial dog, Tip.

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