It is 1940 and a war is raging in Europe. But in a German-American neighborhood in Port Huron, Michigan, there is a different battle taking place. As the movie Frankenstein debuts in the theatre, a ten-year-old boy and his twin, Jerry, finally convince their mother to let them see it.
Still in that blissful stage of youthful innocence, the twins head to the theatre, filled with excitement, the hope of being frightened out of their wits, and an anxiety that borders on mania. Yet surviving the terror of Frankenstein in a dark theatre is not the only obstacle they must overcome during that summer as they are initiated in the art of bag swinging, baseball throwing, and tunnel building. When a chance meeting with an elderly woman brings the boy a different challenge that includes a desperate search to discover whether ghosts really do exist, their special relationship forces him to reexamine the meaning of a true friend.
Haunted Youth shares the delightful tale of a ten-year-old boy’s coming-of-age journey through 1940s America as he tackles obstacles, finds an unlikely friend, and encounters a shadowy mystery.