After witnessing his fatherís crucifixion by Roman soldiers, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by a single passion: to avenge his fatherís death by driving the Roman legions from the land of Israel. Consumed by hatred, Daniel joins the brutal raids of an outlaw band living in the hills outside his village. Though his grandmotherís death slows his plans by forcing him to move home to care for his sister, he continues his dangerous life by leading a group of boy guerrillas in spying and plotting, impatiently waiting to take revenge.
In nearby Capernaum, a rabbi is teaching a different lesson. Daniel is drawn to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, only to turn away, disappointed and confused by Jesusís lack of action in opposing the Romans. The Bronze Bow won the 1962 Newbery Medal for this magnificent novel of Danielís tormented journey from a blind, confining hatred to his acceptance and understanding of love.