Forgotten Brother is the fictionalized account of a young man caught up in the politics of the final days the Vietnam War. We are witness, throughout the story, to a young man who never gives up hope, and gradually matures from the brashness of youth to the maturity of a young man. The story begins in the fictional small town of Gum Tree, Ohio as Colby Hanson prepares to leave for Vietnam as a fighter pilot. The closeness of his family life is demonstrated in the first several chapters, as he prepares to leave. The brashness of his personality brings on an adversarial relationship with a local politician, because of an indiscretion on Colby's part. This relationship is the major theme throughout the story as the mayor seeks revenge for this indiscretion. The events of the first several chapters follow Colby Hanson through the departure from his family and the balance of his flight training in preparation for his tour of duty in Vietnam. The first several chapters also bring to light the nature of the indiscretion that becomes a major stumbling block in Colby's eventual return to civilization. Colby's encounter with the character Brian Taylor as a small town mayor progresses in magnitude from an infidelity to the Senate of the United States, bribery, and murder. While on patrol over the Ho Chi Minh Trail; Colby's jet is shot down, and his capture and imprisonment are followed closely as well as developments in the revenge scheme of Brian Taylor. Unfortunately for Colby the war is winding down and the government is looking for a way to extricate the country from the quagmire of Vietnam. In an effort to remove the country from the ongoing war; the U.S. Government made promises of reparations that they never intended in keeping. Colby's eventual prison destination is that of a small isolated camp in Laos where the North Vietnamese government is resolved to keep Colby until reparations are paid or death as w Sen. Taylor prefers. Colby develops a method for escape, and successfully makes his way through the jungles of Laos, and across the Thai border. It is here he meets a burned out reporter by the name of Josh Higbee III. Josh realizes the story of the war has fallen into his lap, and with the help of a skeptical editor named Walter Dexter, they manage to guide Colby through the country of Thailand, and back to the United States. It is here that Colby must get past a determined Sen. Taylor and a former underground war dissident turned assassin named Chip Masters. The eventual confrontation with Sen. Taylor is the final chapter in the return of an escaped POW to an embarrassed country, and a Senator who used his office to deny the existence of those left behind. Forgotten Brother is an attempt to bring to light the plight of those pilots and soldiers left behind without a full accounting after the war. Although the story is a fictional account, Colby Hanson is a very real person to many families.