Sage is a baker who meets Josef at a grief survivors group that she attends
after the death of her mother.
90+ year old, Minka, Sage's grandmother, tells her the story of her life.
She tells of growing up Jewish and what happened to her, her friends and
her family under Hitler's rule, after Sage meets Josef, a former Nazi
officer. The horrors of Auschwitz and the other camps come to life with
There are several sub stories. One is a story that Minka wrote while she was
in the concentration camps and managed to smuggle out with her. Another is
Sage's story of her own survival after her mother's death.
Jodie Picoult has done a lot of research for this story, contacting people
who were actually in the camps and real-life Nazi hunters that are still out