20 March 2015 | Mystery | Afrikaans
From the very beginning, it was always trains. For Jacques Rynhard, the boy who grew up next to the railroad track, a steam locomotive has always exemplified power, life and happiness. But later these same trains would be testament to his blood time – the most gruesome time in his life.
Now, as one of the country’s most popular writers, he realises that his creativity has run out. That which he had feared most, that he would no longer be able to create, has happened. And from everywhere the warnings are sounding: “It is because your life has become boringly happy that you’ve stagnated.”
On the most important evening of his life, when he wins the Basson Prize for Literature for his latest novel, Die Enkeling (The Loner), Jacques Rynhard dissappears. Carina Human, a journalist at gossip magazine, Montage, is commissioned to write an article about his disappearance. What starts out as ordinary journalism about something that is most likely a publicity stunt, becomes a life-changing truth.