The love story, passionate, gay, tender, of an English journalist in Berlin and the English wife of a German-Jewish official. The plot works itself out against the shifting social and political background of 1931-1932, with revolution, hatred, fear, rumors, overturning the lives of the city and its people. Peter and Caroline try to keep their love sane and wholesome, and plan for the future when she will be free. But -- on the brink of achieving their aim -- Caroline's husband is forced out of Germany because of his race and she decides she cannot desert him. Peter returns for her -- too late. Casual in the telling, restrained, but far-reaching in its implications; a good job in the Hemingway tradition.