Max, the devoted caretaker of a wildlife reserve, does not have the heart to kill the animals before they fall into the Nazis‘ hands. And besides, he is unable to save all the Przewalski’s horses from the Germans. When the mare Börte is hit by a bullet, however, she can flee together with Temüjin, the lead stallion of the herd. The Jewish girl Kalinka, who has been hiding in the reserve since her flight, takes care of them.
When Kalinka turns up at Max’s, he looks after the three refugees. Finally, he entrusts Kalinka with his loyal wolfhound, Taras, as a safeguard. But, unfortunately, Max is not successful in covering their tracks. Kalinka, Börte, Temüjin and Taras have no idea that other dangers already wait for them. It is not only the wolves which go hungry in this war and the opponents‘ rockets are not far away.
This book is suitable for readers between 11 and 15 years of age.
Philip Kerr is the author of more than 30 books, including eleven Bernie Gunther novels, several standalone thrillers, and seven books in the young-adult series Children of the Lamp under the pen name of P.B. Kerr.
In 2009, he won the British Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award and Spain’s RBA International Prize for Crime Writing for his Bernie Gunther series. A former advertising copywriter who released his first book in 1989 and in 1993 was named one of Granta magazine’s Best Young British Novelists, he now divides his time between London and Cornwall.