I wanted to include an immigrant population in this story. I know that immigration is a polarizing political topic in America today, so I didn’t try to resolve the issue in the book. I tried instead to present it from the human perspective: how the immigrants contribute to the community, how hate hurt them, but mostly how they respond to someone who simply accepts them. Many Darsinians don’t, but Caleb does. It is part of who he is.
There is power in love for others. It helps to make their situations better, it comforts discouraged hearts and reminds us that we are more alike than we may think. The Pyrrians respected Avri because he was a Friend of the Realm, but they loved his son. The bond between Caleb and the immigrants plays a critical part in bringing Darsinia’s conflict to an end.