With the musical reading events around his children's book "King of Pirates", Lukas Hainer has long inspired countless children. Hainer also uses music as a key to his youth novel "Das Dunkle Herz" (The Dark Heart) to immerse his audience in the novel:
14-year-old Anna is suddenly torn from her world at a funeral service for her brother, who disappeared at an early age. Together with many other new arrivals, Anna is stranded in an abandoned desert town, which poses riddles for its new inhabitants. While the insecurity among a group of stranded adults leads to intrigues and an escalation of violence, a group of children with an extraordinary strategy come together to survive. As the battle for resources gets tougher, Anna suddenly discovers traces of her missing brother. With his help, she encounters the ancient threat beneath the city: "The Dark Heart," which will seal her fate unless Anna and the other stranded do something about it together.
With his own and cover songs, Hainer turns the feelings and moods of his book and his novel characters into an intense experience for every listener.