Like many Americans, Dave Stroebel of Freehold Township wanted to learn more about his immigrant forebears.
What he found "has all the earmarks of another 'Anastasia,'" fraught with mystery and romance, he said. Stroebel's new book, "The Cannon King's Daughter," is newly released on Lulu.com. That's not the full title, but we don't want to get ahead of the story.
"Anastasia" was a mystery of another generation. In 1922, a young woman who had been hospitalized in Germany following a suicide attempt was proclaimed by some to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II Romanov of Russia.
Bolsheviks had slaughtered the Tsar and his family in a basement in Ekaterinburg. Not all the bodies were accounted for, though, and rumors persisted that some had escaped.