WITNESSESWhen Jurica PaviciŽcs first novel, Alabaster Sheep, was published in 1997 it was the source of great controversy in Croatia. Here, for the first time, was a writer who had put into words his own experiences of the war (PaviciŽc himself served as a soldier for nine months in 1992/93) in a highly critical way without even a hint of false heroics. PaviciŽcs novel takes place in the coastal town of Split in 1992. A Croatian unit is in the process of committing an act of sabotage in nearby Herzegovina. Private Kreso has been instructed to lead the unit through the minefield he himself laid some time ago. Kreso loses a leg and two of his comrades lose their lives. BariŽc, the brother of one of the soldiers killed by during this action, lays the blame at Kresos door.
After several long periods spent convalescing at various clinics, Kreso finally returns to Split where he finds work but is shunned by his old mates. Meanwhile, a group of Kresos ex-comrades led by BariŽc decide to commit an act of revenge by attacking the supposedly empty house of a Serb businessman. However, contrary to expectation, the businessman is at home when they attack and is shot dead by the gunmen. The assassins abduct the businessmans eleven-year-old daughter and hold her prisoner in a garage.
By chance, Kreso hears about the attack and manages to convince one of the kidnappers to let the girl go. The girl is handed over to Kreso so that he can send her out of the country to her relatives abroad. But before Kresos plan succeeds, BariŽc sets out hard on the heels of the two refugees . . .