In July 1939 Russell returns to Berlin as the newly-appointed Central European correspondent of an American newspaper. With his communist past, German son and English-American parentage he’s the perfect catch for any of Europe’s warring espionage services — and none will take no for an answer.
Through the long Berlin summer, through trips to Prague, Warsaw and Moscow tracking Europe’s descent into war, Russell seeks to satisfy his secret masters, protect his girlfriend Effi and his son Paul, and retain some sense of his fragile integrity.
And if this wasn’t difficult enough, a friend needs his help in finding the missing Jewish niece of an employee. With a whole continent headed for self-immolation, saving just one person shouldn’t be so difficult . . .