Born in the fertile plains of the former Yugoslavia, Katharina and her family (as Leni, the main character in the book) became victims ethnic cleansing during the latter part of WWII. They managed to escape via Hungary to Austria, where, like Leni in this story, Katharina in her late teens, emigrated alone to Canada. On the north shore of Lake Athabasca, she met and married a Spaniard. Eventually, they settled on the West Coast of Vancouver Island then Victoria, where, Katharina still resides.
The lights went out and it was obvious there would be no more dancing in the streets as Leni faced the rubble of the bombed-out homes, once filled with laughter. At the sight of the devastation, a surge of heat rushed through her body. An urge sweet and enticing – lured her to inflict on the others what was done to her.