Istvan Hernek came to the United States on December 24, 1956, burdened with the sorrow of leaving his loving family and his country, which was once again under siege. It was a sad Christmas; however, he had great hope for his life in this great country. His vision was on freedom. A silver medalist in canoeing in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, he coached a kayaking team in Akron, Ohio, where he met his wife, Mary Ann. He worked as a mechanical engineer for many years before running a family business in Michigan. Today he leaves behind a great legacy: his wife, Mary Ann, three children, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. His love for his family was only equaled by his love for freedom. While his children and grandchildren were growing up, the most important lesson he impressed upon them was to never take freedom for granted. We live in a great country, and everyone’s duty is to make sure that it remained free, no matter the costs. Istvan was an immigrant who showed overflowing patriotism for the country that became his safehaven and home, the country where he started his family, the country where he lived and died. His novel leaves behind his story and his words of advice to America. Will you listen?