Florian has stolen the amber swan from the shipping containers which hold the disassembled Amber Room. In addition to stealing the swan, Florian has taken a map to the location of the Amber Room and a key to the secret cellar where it is hidden. Stealing the swan is Florian’s revenge against Hitler for the death of Florian’s father, who participated in an assassination attempt against Hitler. More specifically, however, the swan represents “the endless circle of revenge.” Florian eventually realizes that answering pain by inflicting further pain will never bring him peace.
The timeline below shows where the symbol The Amber Swan appears in Salt to the Sea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.