"Thought-provoking and powerful."
It is 1952 and Britain is under the rule of a government that surrendered to the Nazis in 1940 and is now working with them. British Jews are required to wear badges and are under threat of exportation, the press is controlled and order is maintained by violent police on the streets. The Government is headed by Lord Beaverbrook, with Mosley and Enoch Powell in support.
David Fitzgerald works for the Government but is secretly a member of the resistance, headed by Churchill, now in his eighties. Fitzgerald also had a mother who was a Jew. His marriage is under great strain as he struggles to hide these facts from everyone, particularly from his wife who is herself a pacifist.
One of David's old university friends, Frank Muncaster, is being kept in a psychiatric hospital after apparently pushing his brother out of a window. The cause of the fight was his brother's drunken revelation of his work in the United States. This horrific secret is the reason that so many people on all sides want to get hold of Frank. David is responsible for aiding Frank's escape.
Leading the search for Frank from the German side is Gestapo Sturmbannfuhrer Gunther Hoth. A seasoned and determined detective, Hoth is able to read situations and people's motives to great effect. The action builds up towards a tense climax when the protagonists meet in a dramatic rescue attempt.