Faber and Faber (UK)

Hachette (France)

Enslow (USA)



Branford Boase Award

Shortlisted for the Young Quills



Longlisted Carnegie Award

A story of love, sacrifice, betrayal and redemption, set against one of the most tragic and devastating episodes of French World War II history.


France, 1944.

As war rages in Europe, teenagers Luc and Arianne fall passionately in love.  But German forces are closing in and Luc, desperate to atone for his family's past, is drawn into the dangerous world of the Resistance. Arianne will do almost anything to keep him safe, but someone else is secretly in love with her - someone who will stop at nothing to get rid of his rival...


"An impressive fable about the loss of innocence and the consequent descent into hell"

The Guardian




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