As war swept across Europe in 1940, the idyllic life of Fey von Hassell seemed a world away from the conflict. The daughter of Ulrich von Hassell, Hitler's Ambassador to Italy, her marriage to Italian aristocrat Detalmo Pirzio-Biroli brought with it a castle and an estate in the north of Italy. While Ulrich and Detalmo make the difficult decision to resist the Nazis, Fey and her young children watch helplessly as SS soldiers take up occupancy in the castle. Fey struggles to maintain an air of warm welcome to her unwanted guests, but as Catherine Bailey recounts in this tense, unforgettable history, Ulrich's foiled plot to kill the Fuhrer brings the Gestapo to the doorstep.
"I was gripped by [this book]—it contained more tension, more plot in fact—than any thriller."—Kate Atkinson