- This novel contains the true and partly autobiographical story of the life of a young woman in search of a safer and better life for herself and her family. She inadvertently ends up in the ruthless world of human smuggling. Fear and exploitation become an everyday part of her life. Then, in a split second, she has to make an impossible choice. A choice with disastrous consequences for herself and her family. Will her dream of a normal life without danger, fear and poverty ever come true? The novel Calm Waters provides a shocking insight into the world of human trafficking. It was originally published in Dutch as De stilte van het water in 2018, also by Futuro Uitgevers.