AURORA is a reality-based, fiction title that takes place in the late 1960's into the early '80's. The story follows Meggie, a head strong Jewish woman set in Maryland and Washington, D. C., in the shadow of the Viet Nam War through the conflicts in Central America. Meggie and her circle of friends, family and acquaintances, portray the tensions, social mores and activities familiar to all who were molded by the headlines, pressures and conflicts of the day. Meggie is sixteen years old, has long wavy blonde hair, aquamarine eyes, stands 5'6" tall, and weighs about 115 pounds. Her dad is a republican banker and her mom, a resentful ex-concert pianist. Not only did the teens of the era have the pressure of their peers to deal with they lived with the cloud of the Vietnam War, the nuclear bomb, and the vivid image of the assassination of their president. As if this weren't enough to bear at such a vulnerable age, this young woman also had the albatross of death to carry. This is a story of how love, friendships, relationships, history and events shaped and molded her life. It is the tale of a young woman who is determined, stubborn and strong-willed trying desperately to grow up. Anyone who grew up through the counter culture of the '60's will undoubtedly relate to this book as transitions are introduced through historic headlines, right up to the Central American conflict in the '80's. All who have a propensity for history will watch it in the making and witness it through the eyes of an innocent, though determined, young woman as they laugh and cry alternately. Nearly anyone who enjoys reading a good book, who has the desire to learn and understand will find AURORA difficult to put down once they have begun to read.