This novel is told from two perspectives: the first voice is that of the character Sophie Lefevre, who is living in occupied France during WWl. Her somber community in the town of St. Peronne is struggling to stay alive despite the severe lack of food and the fear of the enemy German soldiers who abuse and punish the inhabitants of the village. Sophie ‘s artist husband, Edouard, is away in battle, and she and her sister Helene are left to run their bar, Le Coq Rouge and feed the German troops as well.
The other voice is that of Liz Halston, a widow of several years, who lives in present day London and unknowingly owns a painting by Eduoard Lefevre that becomes a subject of much contention and a court battle. The novel packs romance, history, a legal trial and the good and evil of humanity into the story. The reader is kept in suspense until the very end, when Liz finds out the truth behind the provenance of the painting and the real path of Sophie’s life.