Luke Benami thought his father, Yossef, was the great man the world said he was professor, general, Israeli national hero. Luke also thought his brother, Danni, was the prodigal son his family said he was army deserter, political exile, criminal. But when his father's sudden death compels Luke to return to Israel, he is forced to begin a dangerous investigation into the history of his family and his homeland. To discover the truth, Luke must find his estranged brother, who has disappeared from Paris, where he deals in antiquities on the illegal market. Awaiting Danni's return, Luke soon finds himself both a witness to and a perpetrator of murder. His victim may be his brother. Meanwhile, as Luke's search intensifies, a young Austrian woman, Natalie Hoestermann, discovers information about her father's Nazi past that also compels her to search for Danni Benami. As Luke and Natalie travel on their parallel paths across Europe, they slowly realize that their fathers' pasts are not, as they had always believed, stories of Israeli heroism and German guilt, but something much more complex and disturbing, buried in the time of the Holocaust.