One of the most heartbreaking stories of love, family, and hope that I have read. Truly a survival of the fittest story, giving a deep background of post-World War II in Italy. Amerigo and Antonietta in Naples are memorable characters in this based true event novel. The "train" is a symbolic piece to the story for thousands of children wanting to get to a new life. Amerigo is a strong, determined boy who wants to reach his destiny. Safe, warm clothes and food are the results of his travel to a family in the north. His new life has new facets that will secure the destiny that he is looking for without his mother. If you liked the Orphan Train and Before We Were Yours, you will be moved by Amerigo's adventure to live with another family so that he can survive. The journey gives Amerigo the experience to create indelible bonds, and explore who he is, and what family means.