Piano instructor Rose Wieland has tried to leave her involvement with Austria’s controversial activists in her past. It’s particularly troubling when Klaus, her eleven-year-old student dying of tuberculosis, sends her a letter begging her to help find a man from her past—the holy man called Salamander.
Salamander is famed across Europe for summoning Saint Elmo’s Fire, but Rose knew him years ago as the man Walden Schreiber. Rose tries to explain to Klaus that Salamander is not what he seems to be, but the boy’s insistence spurs her return to Salamander’s world of political radicals.
Unbeknownst to Rose, a cruel Gestapo named Voss also pursues Salamander. With the Nazis at her heels, she must extract Salamander from his world or Klaus will face the existential terror of eternity without his hero.
This story winds through continental Europe between the first and second World Wars in about 64,000 words. With Klaus’s life drawing to a close, and Salamander’s façade wearing thin, the characters are motivated to question everything they took for granted while traveling Europe’s most romantic and historic locales.
Salamander and the Unscarred Mind is currently in search of its publisher, a publisher that prints full color illustrations and values a compelling drama in this historical context.