Rose is an American news correspondent based in Paris during WWII, using the initials R.B. to disguise the fact that she is a working female in a man’s world. She meets two famous writers: Colette and Aurora Sand, during her time in Paris, but experiences an awful event. Her cousin Stella is murdered by the man she is dating. Rose must cover the trial, along with her quarrelsome mother, who is present as a court artist. Rose’s mother later causes Rose to lose the only man she ever loved, as she forces Rose to make a tough choice. Zackheim pens a suspenseful novel on the horrifying aspects of the Holocaust, and keeps the reader on the edge as Rose must finally leave her beloved in Germany and escape to London.