“Behind Sunrise,” tells the story of the bright and positive, yet ferociously determined, Sarah Belay. Sarah is a sixteen-year-old Ethiopian girl who dreams of traveling to Europe to pursue the arts. She has one problem – her family will not allow it. So when Sarah overhears the man who drives her to school talking about human smuggling, her ears perk up. Weeks later, she escapes through her window at 3:00 a.m. to embark on a journey that dramatically changes her life.With little information from her transporters, Sarah travels the perilous off-road paths toward Sudan in the care of suspicious and increasingly cruel men. As they travel, a menagerie of interesting characters enters and exits Sarah’s life. The desperate circumstances bring out the worst in some, and the incredibly good in others. A bond forms between a group of travelers, offering Sarah some semblance of safety – and family – amidst the treacherous conditions.Arriving in Sudan, Sarah finds work and saves money for what she thought would be the most dangerous leg of the journey – the long trek through the Sahara Desert and into Libya. The passage becomes a nightmare, as Sarah and her new friends fall into one devastating turmoil after another with unbelievable outcomes. Abandoned by smugglers in the vast barrenness of Al Kufrah, the friends escape and hire a local Libyan smuggler to get them to Tripoli. Instead, he takes them to the middle of the desert, and into more danger than they could have ever imagined. Will Sarah reach her dreams? Will she let her circumstances destroy her? Find out in this thriller novel, based on a true story.
“This is an amazing story that reads like an action-packed adventure. You won’t want to put it down.” Dr. Melissa Caudle – Bestselling Author and Media Influence.