The rowboat rocked gently in the calm ripples of the harbor. Davi, Martin, and Adam dropped their lines into the water and surveyed the nearby battleships. The USS Nevada was anchored closest to the boys, but Adam’s father, a naval lieutenant, worked on the next ship, the USS Arizona. The December morning was calm and clear. Suddenly, the buzz of airplanes broke the silence and the chaos began. Nine minutes later, the USS Arizona sank to the floor of the Pacific and Adam’s boyhood with it. Henry Mazer’s Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor plunges the reader into a pivotal day in U. S. history.