This book is a work of historical fiction about the great Basking Ridge Oak and its mysterious connection to a long ago past of patriotism, murder and perseverance. Follow the tree through its journey of life and life after. The role it played in so many lives and families but keeping a secret for 200 years then to be preserved forever in songs, music from instruments, keepsakes, and useful tools all made from its branches. Trees play an enormous role in our lives. They provide most everything we need to survive as humans from food to shelter and even medicines. My hope in the pages of this book people will take away a good story and possibly reflect on their own family history but also understand that even trees have a life span and during that span they provide so mech for humans animals and the environment. But even their end isn't the END for a tree. No no They become something else Possibly a musical instrument or furniture, lumber, medicine or even paper to write this book So hats off to our trees Natures renewable resource and story tellers If we listen.