It was supposed to be the vacation of a lifetime, an unforgettable Pesach getaway aboard a luxurious cruise ship setting out for its maiden voyage off the coast of Central America.
For Avrummy and Raizy Friedman and Yoni and Chani Gelberfeld, it was an opportunity to spend family time together amidst the glamour of a Pesach cruise, enjoying the sumptuous meals and endless entertainment the cruise had to offer.
For Mike and Sheila Small, it was their chance to experience for the first time the "way the other side lives.
For Eliezer and Tehilla Goodman, it was time to enjoy the over- the-top luxury aboard the cruise while they try to determine the future course of their life.
At the same time, Rabbi and Rebbetzin Sarah Feldman planned to use the time to relish the peaceful break from routine while serving as the in-house rav and rebbetzin.
And Rikki and Levi were meant to use the time to recuperate from a recent trauma by relaxing away from everything familiar.
As these characters, as well as others, sailed along the peaceful, still waters, there was no hint of the turbulence seething just below the surface. When an innocent boat ride on chol hamoed turns into a disaster, the womenfolk are ensnared in an evil extortion scheme.
And just when it seems the worst is past, Avrummy and Yoni and their families find themselves trapped in a nightmare, with justice turned upside down and their lives along with it.
Still Waters is the true-to-life story of the struggle to find a spark of good even in the most difficult circumstances, and of accessing the courage to tap deep into one's inner strength to triumph over injustice and adversity. It's also the story of each of our lives as we identify with the characters' inner struggles as they work to become who they truly want to be.
By: Devora Weiner