Paris, 1944. A young Jewish woman is herded onto a train bound for Auschwitz, and in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. Nine years later in Santa Cruz, Jean-Luc is a man on the run from his past. The scar on his face is a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi occupation in France. Now, he has a new life in California, a family, and he never expected the past to come knocking on his door. Told from both perspectives, Ruth Druart's compelling debut converges on the darkened platform, where the choices each person makes will change the future in ways neither could have imagined.