After a decade of storms, disease, drought, and riots, the US conquers its troubles by militarizing its government. Old democratic allies in Europe respond uneasily to the change. Arinna and Michael Prescot are just two of the many former soldiers sent to embassies in the hopes of strengthening faltering US alliances in 2055. But as the US becomes embroiled with new internal terrorism, its agents in Europe are offered intimidation, lies, and deceit rather than explanations. And the price of seeking answers is steep. As the growing chaos in the US threatens the peace of Europe, choices of loyalty need to be made Even if all offers of help come with thorns. Global events hinge on a few individuals as war once again threatens Europe, and no one is more unprepared than its potential saviors. Stories from the War consists of eleven interlinked short stories that are a prelude to the military dystopian trilogy Friends of my Enemy. The short story First Meeting is the beginning of this dark fantasy series.