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.
Sepetys was recently interviewed on NPR during their Morning Addition program. She talked about her personal connection to the story, how she became aware of the fated MV Wilhelm Gustloff, and much more. It is a very engaging and moving interview that fans of Sepetys’ will enjoy and will have those of you who have not read her books running to the bookstore to snag a copy.
You can listen to the audio below, or read the highlights on NPR’s web site.