When the French police come to take her family, ten year-old Sarah locks her brother in a cabinet for protection, promising to return shortly. Her family is sent to the Vel' d'Hiv' with thousands of other Jewish families, where they are kept in deplorable conditions before being transported to German "labor camps." Sarah, desperate to keep her promise to her brother, becomes determined to escape. 60 years later, journalist Julia decides commemorate the anniversary of the roundup. Her investigation reveals a personal connection to Sarah, and Julia becomes determined to find out what happened to the young girl and her family.
This story is raw and heartbreaking, and I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed her use of alternating points of view, demonstrating the effect the past has on the present. The story hinges on a series of fairly remarkable coincidences and the writing isn't always the sharpest, but de Rosnay successfully draws readers' attention to an oft-forgotten event in human history.