Return to Elizabeth Byler-Younts richly imagined World War II-era Amish community in Promise to Cherish. Young and headstrong Eli is an Amish conscientious objector to the war who is trying to become a man of character by serving in a Civilian Public Service Unit. While at the Hudson River State Hospital, he meets Christine, a nurse with a tragic past. The two become friends, and when Christine's abusive ex, Jack, returns from the war, Eli offers her refuge within the Amish community. But as their friendship deepens into love, Eli faces the prospect of being shunned unless Christine becomes Amish.