Set on the scenic wonder of France, Mont Saint-Michel, the medieval island fortress on the Normandy coast, 'The Captive Island' tells the story of a people whose lives are both tested in fire and enriched by the German occupation of their village in 1940.
At the heart of the island's life is the ancient Abbey of St. Michel which sits atop the one hundred inhabitants of the island. And leading the effort to cope with the occupation is Father Julian Roget, the Benedictine priest who is Abbot of the monastery and the feisty Sister Helene.
They are pitted against Obersturmfuhrer Wilhelm Lutz, the commander of the German squad assigned to occupy and direct the fate of the island's people.
Secluded in the church crypt, Francois Pourier - the Rabbit - of the French underground has fled Paris to conduct a secret mission which necessitates the church tower's height. He has been pursued by Helmut Burkhardt, an unstable SS agent, who arrives with an assumed alias as a friend of a former classmate who lives on the island.
As this drama unfolds, many others are also emerging. Yet life goes on for many of the inhabitants. People fall in love, marry, become spiritually strengthened, converted, and die, as they pursue their lives under diminished wartime conditions.
Full of many interesting characters like Morris the Florist, Papa Nicolas, the two Benedictine Brothers, mad man Maurice, the LaFlamme's, Bob McNeil and his hunt for the Bishop's relics, and the evolving lives of the young German soldiers.
Together these lives comprise humor, pathos, defeat and triumph, and the story rises to a surprising ending of healing as the Germans leave the good people of Mont Saint-Michel.
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