""...the descriptions and the little details of observation and behaviour are beautifully done." "
It is the early days of the Second World War and Maisie Dobbs is busy volunteering as an ambulance driver during the intensive blitz of the East End of London. One night she has an American war correspondent as a passenger and she warms to the humanity of the girl. When the journalist is found murdered and the British authorities are reluctant to investigate, Maisie agrees to work with an agent of the USA to find out the truth.
What she discovers is political intrigue from both sides of the pond as well as secrets on a more personal level. The background of American ambivalence to supporting Britain is an ongoing theme, as well as disclosures about the behaviour of the American ambassador in London. Maisie is determined to find out the truth.