In Love and War
Yuri Plisetsky is fourteen and a top student attending Yakov's Academy for the Gifted in Leningrad (modern day Saint Petersburg) when the war arrives. His mentor and idol, an officer for the Soviet Union and graduate of Yakov's Academy, Victor Nikiforov, appears in the early hours of the morning to whisk Yuri out of Leningrad to safety, accompanied by Yuri's fellow student, Mila.
All does not go as planned. Mila and Yuri are separated on their journey, and Yuri finds himself alone in a foreign country for two and a half years, trying to make his way home to his Grandfather in Moscow all the while. Unbeknownst to Yuri, Yakov and a group of Soviet Officials are searching for him with the intent of dragging him right back into the center of the war. Except Yuri does not want to go.
What Yuri needs is a hero. What he doesn't expect is the one he gets.
- Part 1 of In Love and War
It's 1939 in Moscow, and Evgenia Medvedeva is a dancer at Eteri's theatre - during the day, she practices classical, ballroom, and ballet with the other girls. At night, she frequents the jazz and swing hall that takes over when the theatre opens to the public. She's not old enough to be a performer, but she has dreams of taking over the stage one day.
Right when those dreams are on the verge of coming true, the world is plunged into World War II. Cue an encounter with foreign spies and double agents, and a task that could put more than just the lives of Evgenia and her friends at stake.
Evgenia must decide what side of the war she is really fighting on, and what she would give to see it ended.
- Part 2 of In Love and War