In May 1939, the S.S. St Louis left Hamburg for Havana carrying almost a thousand refugees from Hitlers Germany. Over the following weeks, the ship criss-crossed the ocean, buffeted alternately by hope and disappointment, as it sought asylum in a friendly port and war drew inexorably closer. Based on actual events, Michael Ardittis enthralling new novel is the memoir of one of the passengers, fifteen-year-old Karl, heir to a department-store fortune. In later life he recalls both the horror and excitement of the trip, along with his personal voyage of discovery, as he learns the truth about his family, battles Nazi crew members and plans a mutiny, and describes his first, passionate love affair with the beautiful young Johanna. A brilliant historical recreation, a captivating account of a Jewish boys coming-of-age and a tender love-story, A Sea Change is a profound and beautifully written novel by one of the countrys most original writers.