Based on the life of Catrin Collier's mother and grandmother, this is a powerful novel which spans more than sixty years, from the life of Grandmother Charlotte to her journalist granddaughter, Laura. We revisit Charlotte's incredible life which starts in East Prussia in 1939 and ends in modern-day England.
Allenstein, East Prussia, 1939 - Charlotte von Datski's parents hold a glittering ball to celebrate her eighteenth birthday and to announce her engagement to a Prussian Count. But Hitler is about to plunge the world into war - Charlotte is forced to leave flee to England.
Years on, Charlotte's granddaughter, Laura, persuades her grandmother to embark on a journey into her past. As Charlotte recalls the one great love of her life, she finally faces the demons that have haunted her for over half a century.