Buried alive, for almost ten years, in a soundproof cellar in Bonn, are two British airmen, who had parachuted down in 1944 and were locked up there by Hans Frick, a gentle psychopath who ""saved"" their lives. In the continuum of changeless days and years to follow- they do not know that Germany has lost the war. David Connolly exists on the memories of his wife, Margaret; Donald Wilson retreats- in writing recollections of his native Orkney islands. Frick, a member of a Nazi underground organization of Germans who while occupied, are by no means liberated from their prejudices against the English, the Americans and the Jews, collapses with a severe heart attack, when told there will be no further political activity. Faced with his own internment in a hospital, he frees his prisoners, who make their way uncertainly into a world in which they are now out of context..... An original (although there have been situations to suggest this- from Rip Van Winkle to the news), ironic idea projected into a novel which has strong elements of curiosity, surprise and suspense.