A beautiful woman, dead in the back seat of a Nazi war criminal's smouldering vehicle. A mysterious brown envelope, full of secrets to a disturbing past. What do these all have to do with New York art curator Daniel Singer?
May 1945 In the dying days of WW II on the American occupied side of Germany’s Elbe River, US Army Medical Corps Colonel Samuel Singer comes upon the strafed wreck of a smouldering SS Staff car, with a badly injured driver, nearby a dead German Army officer carrying the ID of a Nazi war criminal, and a young blonde woman, also dead in the back seat.
July 1988 Art curator Daniel Singer, the adopted son of Colonel Singer, receives a mysterious package, sealed with security tape, from West Berlin. He can’t help but think that there’s something important within the large brown envelope. But what?
Daniel’s quest to learn about the package’s contents leads him on a voyage of discovery, including an encounter with the Mossad, Israel’s top spy agency. Along the way, he unlocks the history of three families—one American and two German— through tumultuous times, from the dying days of WWI to the rise of Adolf Hitler, WWII, the Holocaust, and three Middle East wars.
As Daniel learns about duty, honour, sacrifice, and the familial ties that bind us all, he will be faced with a life-altering choice—and the opportunity to right the most heinous of wrongs.