Jonathan Hart is an unusual 15-year-old: while his friends chase girls, Jonathan chases a mystery. Obsessed with all things military, Jonathan has long been captivated by the legend of Cyril Gardner, a relative who fought in World War One. Twice decorated, Cyril received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for a remarkable act of bravery – taking 72German soldiers prisoner in the midst of a frontline battle. But Cyril’s courage didn’t stop there.
Legend has it that when a British officer tried to execute the German prisoners, Cyril intervened and saved their lives. Out of gratitude, one of the prisoners took an Iron Cross from his own uniform and pinned it to Cyril’s chest. Now, 80 years later, Jonathan has undertaken the mission of finding the Iron Cross and proving the legend true. With the help of Ancestors in the Attic, Jonathan is about to embark on a journey that will take him from Clarenville, Newfoundland, to the battlefields of France.