Blankenese - Two Families
When a moment connects two families forever
Light and Shadow (Vol.1)
This multi-generational saga recounts the story of a sailor's family and a ship owner's family. It spans World War 1, the 1920s, the 1930s, the Nazi era, the 1950s, post-war reconstruction, and the 1960s, and extends through the years of the liberation movements. In each generation, readers follow a woman and a man bound either by love or rivalry.
Vol.1 is set in Hamburg in 1919. John Casparius no longer believes in the good in human beings. He is haunted by the gruesome experiences of war, and his once thriving shipping company, family-owned for decades, has been battered by political turmoil. Plagued by guilt, his thoughts circle around drowning himself. At the break of dawn, after a night of brooding, he encounters a young woman on the banks of the Elbe. It is Leni Hansen, who is swimming in the water like a mermaid. Her naturalness and joie de vivre charm John, and he approaches her. What he doesn't realize is that Leni's father lost his life in a serious accident, and her family holds the Casparius shipping company responsible.