Based on the true story of a little-known hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is a triumphant and epic book about a young man's incredible courage and resilience during one of history's darkest hours.
Pino Lella wanted nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal 16 year old Italian boy-obsessed with music, food, and girls-but his days of innocence are gone in a flash. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino is sent to a monastery high in the Italian alps where he is trained to guide scores of hunted Jews on dangerous treks to safety in Switzerland.
When he turns 18 and is about to be drafted into the Italian army, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier-a move that will keep him out of combat. He becomes the personal driver for Adolf Hitler's #1 officer in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich's most mysterious and powerful commander. The General is a regular customer of their leather goods shop.
With the opportunity to spy for the Allies, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation while risking his life over and over for more than 2 years. He witnesses first-hand the Nazi atrocities and even sits in on meetings with Mussolini.
The Program committee is very pleased to announce that on Sunday, March 3rd at 3pm, Michael Lella, the son of the main character in this book will make a very enlightening presentation. The committee recommends that you read this book, which will soon be a major motion picture.