A sweeping, epic story of love, betrayal and art, set across Europe from the 1920s Weimar Republic, to dark and glittering 1930s Berlin and then to twenty-first century America where the story ends.
It’s 1929 and two lovers are caught at the crossroads of history as Nazi Germany is about to unleash its darkest forces. Richard, a Jewish architect and Bettina, a beautiful and celebrated German female artist, on the eve of World War II. Their love sparks brightly but it cannot last.
Later, at the turn of the twenty-first century, Bettina’s daughter Clara goes on a journey to trace her roots and discover the identity of her father, a man she has never known. As Clara pieces together the puzzle of her real origins, we follow the story of Richard and Bettina, and reveal its tragic and jaw dropping final twist as Clara weaves together the fabric of her past and discovers the secret that has always been kept from her.
The novel is inspired by the true story of the white porcelain pieces Hitler adored, the concentration camps where they were made, and the SS guards who were given them.