Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.
As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.
Yet not all promises can be kept.
Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.
Joana. Guilt is a hunter. A Lithuanian nurse and a sinner.
Florian. Fate is a hunter. A Prussian who is blinded by his hunger for survival and revenge.
Emilia. Shame is a hunter. A pregnant Polish girl daunted by her traumatic past.
Alfred. Fear is a hunter. A German serving for the name of Adolf Hitler and his thirst for honor.
Four teenagers, four secrets.
As they aboard the Gustloff, what they think was salvation turned into the greatest tragedy at sea known in the history of human kind.
- The way the story is written makes everything so beautifully depicted. Each conveyed emotion felt so real. Despite the tragedy, it still reminds me that help will truly find its own way.