Dieter: a young man prepared to betray his father to achieve his dream of joining the intelligence service of the Third Reich. Rudi: an active opponent of the Nazis. Bruno: whose virulent hatred of Nazism sends him on a journey to seek out and take revenge on the man responsible for his father's death. The Goldman family: members of the Berlin Jewish community who endure the full force of Nazi persecution alongside theirs friends and neighbours. SS-Colonel Langers of the Berlin Gestapo: a man who will enforce the will of the Nazi regime with a fist of iron. Paul and Alex: Brilliant young musicians whose homosexuality if discovered will send them both to a concentration camp. All of the lives of these people become entwined during the dark days of the Hitler regime in 1930s Berlin. From Berlin to Basel to London and beyond, this tale of intrigue spans the years from Hitler's seizing of power in 1933 to the outbreak of war in 1939.