I read this because of going to Valley Forge and meeting General Washington at the winter encampment. He wouldn't shake my hand, insisting a lady should curtsy and a gentleman bow. We did and I was enthralled. It was dark and we walked out to the huts on a path lit by candles. The huts were open with fires going in each one. Yes, it was re-enactors, but I loved the whole experience. This book gives snippets from various lives of characters living through the winter of Valley Forge. Some of it was bizarre but I ended really like the unique method of telling the tale.