Niki’s heart was thrumming as the taxi stopped with a jerk in front of the gray stone building behind tall, black iron gates. On a metal plaque was engraved Les Soeurs de Merci. Niki thrust several franc notes into the driver’s grubby hand and got out. For a few minutes she stood staring through the rungs of the gate. Years ago another young woman—perhaps her mother—had stood in the same place, a baby in her arms, the child she was going to give up. What emotions had run through her heart? Niki had come to France to seek her true identity and to experience the richness of her French heritage. But what begins as a romantic, carefree summer holiday for Niki, her stepbrother Luc Montrose, and their friend Paul Duval, ends with the outbreak of war, changing their lives forever. As World War II ravages Europe, Niki wants desperately to serve her native country in its time of need. She finds herself making dangerous decisions and facing dramatic challenges, aware of—but unable to do anything about—the impact the war is having on her loved ones back at Montclair. Caught up in the firestorm of world conflict, this courageous young woman with an unknown past faces an uncertain future, with only her newfound faith to sustain her.
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