A Dangerous Act of Kindness

Book Cover

HISTORICAL FICTION ROMANCE WAR WAR ROMANCE ACTION

20th Century (multiple decades)

LP Fergusson

Logline

A young English widow finds an injured German pilot on her remote farm at the height of WW2 and makes the fateful decision to help him.

Genre

Historical Fiction, Romance, War,,War,Romance,Action

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Setting

The North-Wessex Downs in Britain

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Canelo Digital Publishing

Year Published: 2019

Starting Description

When young widow Millie finds injured enemy pilot Lukas on her farm, the distant war is suddenly on her doorstep. Knowing he'll be killed if discovered, she makes the dangerous decision to give him shelter. On opposite side of the inescapable conflict, they form an unexpected and passionate bond.

Ending Description

The war ends. Five years later Lukas, a man broken by the atrocities of his countrymen and living in Ireland, receives a letter from Millie. She has been searching for him since the end of the war. She tells him she loves him and wants to be with him. He goes back to her farm and they are reunited.

Group Specific

Information not completed

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity, Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Happy Ending,,Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions

Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Main Character Details

Name: Millie Sanger

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Empathetic, Honorable, Strong Moral Code, Selfless, Skillful,Complex,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Lukas Schiller

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Masculine, Adventurous, Aspiring, Charming, Confident, Educated, Honorable,Adventurous,Charming,Honorable,Educated,Heroic,Faithful,Patriotic,Sexy,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Hugh Adamson

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Underdog, Insecure, Masculine, Naive, Patriotic, Secretive, Clumsy, Desperate, Manipulative,Masculine,Patriotic,Unapologetic,Greedy

Additional Character Details

Name: Brigsie Paterson

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous, Confident, Faithful, Secretive,Secretive,Masculine,Naive,Outspoken,Funny

Logline

A young English widow finds an injured German pilot on her remote farm at the height of WW2 and makes the fateful decision to help him.

Short Summary

When young widow Millie finds injured enemy pilot Lukas on her farm, the distant war is suddenly on her doorstep. Knowing he'll be killed if discovered, she makes the dangerous decision to give him shelter. On opposite side of the inescapable conflict, they form an unexpected and passionate bond.


The war ends. Five years later Lukas, a man broken by the atrocities of his countrymen and living in Ireland, receives a letter from Millie. She has been searching for him since the end of the war. She tells him she loves him and wants to be with him. He goes back to her farm and they are reunited.

Development Pitch

Although romance is the primary narrative, A Dangerous Act of Kindness tells a parallel story of the horrors of war, the psychology of collaboration, the humanity of enemy soldiers and the losses experienced at both a literal and symbolic level, reflecting films such as Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Resistance and Suite Française. The story begins on a remote farm in England at the height of WW2 when young widow Millie helps an injured Luftwaffe officer Lukas. Locked away from the world by a blizzard, they build an unexpected and passionate bond which they accept cannot last. When they part, they no idea their liaison has been discovered by Millie’s friend Brigsie, who works undercover for British Intelligence. By hiding Lukas, Millie has committed an act of treason, which carries the death penalty but when Brigsie’s report reaches MI6, Lukas is offered a way to save Millie from the noose. He must help the British to discover the truth behind Hitler's war in the east. Gradually he begins to learn about the horrors committed by a country he was once proud to fight for. He ends up, a broken man, working on the land as a prisoner of war, where he comes face to face with Millie. Assuming she could never forgive him his country's atrocities, he knows they cannot be together. However, after the war ends, she finds him. If they can lay down their individual burdens of guilt, they may find happiness together.

About The Author

I am a writer based in Oxfordshire, England, fascinated by WW2. I have an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) from Oxford Brookes University and have been shortlisted for numerous competition including the Orwell Society, Oxfordshire Libraries and NYC Midnight. My psychological thriller A Serpent’s Tooth was one of three novels to reach the final of the joint Quercus/Psychologies Thriller competition last year. I was awarded the Blackwell's Prize (2015) and the Bell Lomaz Prize (2016). I am represented by Giles Milburn at Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.

Core Theme

Voyage and Return,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Millie Sanger

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Empathetic, Honorable, Strong Moral Code, Selfless, Skillful,Complex,Secretive

Character 1

Name: Lukas Schiller

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Masculine, Adventurous, Aspiring, Charming, Confident, Educated, Honorable,Adventurous,Charming,Honorable,Educated,Heroic,Faithful,Patriotic,Sexy,Strong Moral Code

Character 2

Name: Hugh Adamson

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Underdog, Insecure, Masculine, Naive, Patriotic, Secretive, Clumsy, Desperate, Manipulative,Masculine,Patriotic,Unapologetic,Greedy

Character 3

Name: Brigsie Paterson

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous, Confident, Faithful, Secretive,Secretive,Masculine,Naive,Outspoken,Funny

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