Affinity & Trust
In the mid 1990s, Zuzana Milenkova, rescued from her fate as a sex slave of a rebel militia group in war-torn Bosnia, befriends Frazer Winton who breaks through her reserve and fear of men. Their friendliness becomes more intense as she begins to trust humanity again.
But what are these terrible memories and will they haunt her new life in a new land? And can Frazer help or is the hurdle too deep and soul destroying for her to conquer?
When her mother dies after an accident, Astrid Stowell moves to the small New Zealand Coromandel Peninsular village of Hook Bay to live with her grandfather, Steve Barton. She has to cope with life in a new environment with old friends’ help and betrayal, a new school to attend for her final high school year and an encounter with the forces of nature.
That is a tsunami builds up in the Pacific Ocean and heads south… directly towards Hook Bay.
It is 1999 and Kosovo refugee Niana Bolsa comes across a tractor and trailer by the roadside with two terrified children hiding there. Determined to save the children, Niana takes them and heads for Albania. With all records destroyed, nobody queries her right to the children and they emigrate to New Zealand.
Matt Coleman is attracted to the new tenant who opens a food bar adjacent to his antique and furniture factory. Eventually, friendship between Niana and Matt blossoms into passionate love as they and her foster children become a family.
But the terror so prevalent in Niana’s past surfaces again–with a vengeance.
On a voyage around the Pacific the container ship Konstellation is attacked by pirates who strip the ship of all its communication and electronic equipment. The five passengers manage to hide in an empty container and escape being caught. They later discover they are alone on the ship. The engine is still going but all communications and navigation gear is destroyed. The Konstellation hits a coral reef and begins to sink. The passengers manage to land on a coral atoll where Jana, her friend, Kelsie, artist Rowan Clardy and an elderly couple, Hank and Denise Thorpe must survive and hope to be rescued.