The only uncertainty in war is uncertainty. Set during the darkest days of Ukraine’s history, Book One: Katarina’s Dark Shadow prequels the courageous human struggle inside a distinct faith during violent political times. 1951: Peter stumbles on his adopted mother’s diaries from the Russian Revolution. What happened during those early years that prompted Katarina to go back to Ukraine during WW2? What secrets lie behind the Iron Curtain? 1915-1917: During the great war, Ukraine seeks independence from Russia. Fifteen-year-old Katarina also yearns for freedom from her conservative, Mennonite roots. She dreams of traveling the world and creating her own destiny. A terrifying rebel attack at the family farm prompts her to move across the Dnieper River to her wealthy sister’s heavily guarded estate. But things are not as safe as they seem. As Russia implodes, the separatist army grows, and suspicion lurks around every corner. As society crumbles, the solid foundations of faith and family weaken, and emigration lures. Katarina faces the ultimate decision that will determine her future. Will she wait and see if the political situation improves? Or will she abandon all hope and embrace an unknown future, knowing she can never see her family again? Inspired by true stories and actual events based on the harrowing tales of the author's ancestors, this book will particularly interest those with German-Prussian, Ukrainian, or European Mennonite ancestry.