1914. War returns to Europe. Death will soon come on an industrial scale. Madeleine Dubois - the baker's daughter, her parents missing in the chaos of the battle for Mons. Thomas Moreau - the blacksmith, haunted by the voices of his long dead siblings. Henry Weybourne - the British officer, cut off from the retreating Allied forces, his fate in the hands of others. Engel - the Prussian officer, his eyes everywhere, his secrets hidden. As the war takes hold, they will be forced to confront their own fears and desires, as revenge and redemption overwhelm them all.