What happens to ordinary people faced with extraordinary events? Should Marta's Jewish employers flee before the Germans or hang on to the life they have made ? And where does Marta's loyalty lie? Concentrate as the story weaves between past and present and between Marta's story and the narrator's voice: the revelations are as disturbing as the characters' dilemmas. And don't expect a weepie: this is a compassionate but unflinching tale.