Caught between her heart’s desires and her responsibilities, Sarah is at a crossroads. Then, when Sarah’s son Charlie unexpectedly returns from town with a new bride, her relationship with an old neighbor turns into an all-out range war. Pursued by a man she barely knows, Sarah wants more than to be a replacement for his dead wife. It is only through a chance encounter that she discovers his true feelings, and only then can she believe that a selfless love has at last reached out to her .
Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.