'If you could leave and know the terror and confusion was ended; if you could leave, and others who did not leave could remain behind in safety ...'
Mary Douglas, an assured American, arrives in Prague in October of 1938, the days of disintegration following the Munich Pact, to find the city on the brink of blackout, transformed by fear. As the Gestapo net spreads wider, countless refugees - from Austria, Germany, Sudetenland - are forced to return: for many this will mean torture, concentration camp, death. In her hotel Mary greets other journalists who like herself, cover international disasters and depart, their detachment intact. But through her friend Rita, a German refugee, Mary becomes passionately involved with the plight of the hunted victims of Nazi rule. First published in 1940, this powerful novel, written from the author's own experience, is a compelling record of one of the darkest moments of Europe's history, and of the heroism of those who resisted the insane brutality of fascism.