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first novel by Edna Piersol Windes, asks can a new generation find a way for our dying aggrieved old earth to become alive again with a promising future for all? Maybe they can. They have The Plan.Young Alvin Richardson after entering The Plan finds himself torn between loyalty to his father and his new idol Sylvia Potter, 35 year old Florida Commissioner of Education, and his own thirst for adventure that takes him to Antarctica. It's all because of the Plan for he is too young these days, at age 13, to get to Antarctica on his own. Alvin wonders why his dad does not realize that John Paul Jones managed to survive to become a legendary hero of the Revolutionary War after being apprenticed into naval service at age 13. Alvin thinks his new room mate at The Plan, Julio, is never going to be any kind of hero. Julio and Alvin might as well be from different planets. But don't underestimate The Plan. Sylvia Potter has her own traumatic dilemmas to survive because of The Plan: a life threatening kidnapping plus her undeniable attraction to her protector.