Lilia Darrell has a father lost at sea, a mother fighting cancer, and a brother who could be burning down the neighborhood. Lilia is desperate to heal her family so that she can seek out deeper waters and kindred spirits. She devises a plan and meets a man.
Her goal is to decorate the enormous shipping cranes that line Seattle’s harbor. Bringing these creatures to life in a blaze of color could lure her father home, reawaken her mother’s artistic soul, and distract her brother from the fury that consumes him. The man she teams with is Udo Walgesang, a lanky East German with Baptist-preacher-meets-punk-rock hair, who arrives in Seattle the day after the Berlin Wall falls. As Lilia pushes forward on her crane plan, she
stumbles into love, risks her life, and discovers the power of forgiveness. In the end, Lilia discovers the true anchor that’s been keeping her tethered too close to shore.
Decorate them with what? Tinsel? Lights?
Your story starts when the two meet, not when all the bad stuff happens. That's back story. Does Udo (dear dog what a name) have any purpose other than boy toy? Does the fact that he's from East Germany have any significance?
There's got to be more to the story than crane decoration. What will get in her way when she tries to do it? I sense the antagonist is Nogo Purmissions the Port of Seattle's risk management officer.
Focus. Start over.