Stated First Edition hardcover is in good condition and shows modest signs of wear to covers. DJ is protected with mylar and not clipped. Retired library copy with the usual marks and attachments. 229 pages. Hardcover binding. Year: 1978 ISBN: 0060122471 Since early childhood, John has been looking for his special destiny, his unique future. Seventeen years of successful striving, for academic prizes and scholarships, have carried him out of the world he was born into, beyond those Serbian immigrants like his father who dug coal in the bowels of a new continent but whose lives and burials were haunted by their lost homeland. John is their first American, his face set westward, off to discover the America of promises.