Eighty-five letters were sent home during WWI by the author’s great-grandfather, Wilfrid Littlejohn. These letters were discovered recently in a family attic, and form part of the novel. Wilfrid was in E Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade and was one of the first Canadians to be sent overseas and among the last to return. He was one of 70 out of 1000 men in his regiment to have survived.
The letters were sent home to Wilfrid's mother, father, brother, and aunt from the trenches, hospitals and camps. Some sections of the letters were scribbled over by censors who would review the letters prior to sending them.