It is 1942, and Louise Pearlie, a young widow, has left the South to rebuild her life working for the legendary OSS (Office of Strategic Services), precursor to the CIA. While filing she comes across a document concerning a college friend, Rachel Bloch, a young French Jewish woman she is desperately worried about. Louise realizes she is in a unique position to get Rachel and her children out of Vichy France. However, when a colleague whose help Louise enlists is murdered, Louise realizes she is on her own, unable to trust anyone.
A wonderful portrait of wartime Washington and a bygone world of rationing, silk stockings, white gloves, deep-seated prejudice, and corrosive suspicion.