Merriam Dorika, a Hungarian of striking beauty who offered Abraham a second chance to change his life forever.
Major Otto Krueger who traded one life for personal fulfillment and his sanity.
Abraham Steinnermann offers two absolutes. One, he is a young, intelligent and well-educated financier determined to be a very successful German banker. Two, he is overly brash, arrogant and obtrusively conceited, licentious and particularly skillful in his quest to débauche beautiful women at every opportunity.
Steinnermann insulates himself behind the periphery of his thinly veiled sanctuary. It is Germany, 1942. Hitler’s war against the Jews marks its sixth year. The evil that washes over others seems to elude him. “I am safe. Untouchable. Omnipotent. A special example of German superiority that ensures my safety.”
The iron cell slams shut behind him. His strength and resolve evaporate, as does his arrogance and hedonism. His face wrinkles with emotion. His eyes tear. He cringes with the thought of his demise in the fires of mass murder that singe his soul with wanton barbarity and scatter his ashes in the wisp of a modest breeze.
Both GLORY, a natural proclivity to inspire and DESTINY the purveyor of the unknown wreak havoc on the unsuspecting. GLORY blinds and enslaves those seeking rewards in pursuit of their ego. DESTINY replaces intellect and reason with mysticism. Both are inescapable soul mates, fused Siamese fashion in a spinning vortex of an inferno from which there is no escape. One too heavy to lift, the other too difficult to understand. GLORY is the precedent and DESTINY is the antecedent. Both are relentless, unchained forces that engage the characters and confuse their sense of reality. Both create tumultuous waves generated by human foibles to force the unsuspecting to swim across the river without drowning.
The legacy of Abraham Steinnermann begins. His Pantheon for Humanity soon to follow.