This novel of Budapest in the last stage of World War II is centered around the aristocratic Ilona and her lover, Adam, a Polish Jew whom she met through a group of refugees operating in the black market. Ilona and Adam live through the Germans' increasing brutality against the Jews and the horror of the of the city by the Russians. But Adam who expected the Russians to be saviours in killed by a drunken Russian soldier on the first day of liberation. Ilona escapes to Vienna and then to Italy where she had lived as a child. The documentary aspects of The Devil And The Deep are vividly real, but the author's clumay style and stereotyped characterization prevent the integration of fact and fiction necessary for reality and reader identification.