In 1913 Paris half the city expects war while the other half scoffs at the possibility.
With knowledge gained from his role at the Ministry of War, Henri Noisette fears that Germany will threaten Paris and sends his wife, mother and two younger children to a small village in northern France. By late 1914, instead of a safe haven, the village is less than twenty miles from the front.
As war unfolds, Henri’s daughter, Helene, grows up quickly and in 1917 falls in love with Edward Jamieson, a young Canadian soldier. The novel examines love and loss, duty and sacrifice and the unexpected consequence of lies.