Jake Carson is a no-nonsense, by-the-book kind of guy. And he leads his squad of smoke jumpers with a military precision that would make George S. Patton blush.
“We must be at our very best at every second of every day,” is the mantra he pounds into his fellow firefighting smoke jumpers. And for good reason: If you parachute into a blazing forest fire and miss your mark by a just a few feet, or if you lose sight of your training for just a few seconds, then many lives—including your own—could be lost.
Jake was raised in a smoke-jumper station house. He was raised by a smoke-jumper superintendant. He was raised to be exactly who he is, doing exactly what he does: It’s his calling and his passion. And the only small deviation he can even feasibly see happening in his near future is the possibility of actually becoming Division Commander, a dream that he shared and his deceased father.
One thing that Jake is completely and incontrovertably not prepared for, however, is dealing with children. They’re like tiny wildfires with tiny brains. They’re unpredictable. They’re destructive. They’re deadly, because they can cause you to take your eyes off your goals.
And wouldn’t you know it, it just so happens that children have now overrun Jake Carson’s fire station. After a nearby forest fire burned down a family cabin, Jake was barely able to drop-cable in and pull the three kids—teen Brynn, and her younger siblings Will and Zoey—to safety. But now, weather conditions have forced the squad back to base. And according to the Safe Haven Law, the kids must go with them until their parents or state authorities can arrive.
So now the famous and stalwart Jake Carson is facing his biggest challenge yet, performing his most daring feat ever. The always-prepared and never wavering Jake Carson must suddenly learn to … babysit!
After spending more than two decades touring, directing, writing and producing for Christian theater and radio (most recently for Adventures in Odyssey, which he still contributes to), Bob joined the Plugged In staff to help us focus more heavily on video games. He is also one of our primary movie reviewers.