Description from the back of the book:
A Family's History in China, 1893-1940
"Two Young Virginians, Hugh White and Augusta Graves, traveled to China in the 1890s as Presbyterian missionaries. They met and married in China, working to bring help and hope to a people locked in poverty in remote mission locations. They spent 47 years of their adult lives in China - facing war, disease, and hostility, while teaching, raising a family, and experiencing joy and tragedy amid beauty and turmoil.
Their youngest son, Hugh White Jr., sailed 'home' to China in 1937 only to find the port of Shanghai under attack by the Japanese on the very day he landed. After making his way to his parents, stranded in the mountain community of Kuling, he joined the faculty of Central China College (Huachung University) in Wuhan. Thus began his 4,000-mile journey to west China, near Tibet, in advance of the Japanese armed forces, and back, often under life-threatening wartime conditions.
The author, Hugh White Jr.'s son, tells their story. It is sometimes charming, and, at other times, chilling. Told through letters, historical images, and personal accounts, it brings to life a distant time and place and provides an insight into historical events as seen from an intensely personal viewpoint."
Augusta Graves was born and raised in Bedford County, Virginia