The year is 1939 and Canada has just entered the war against Germany. The Germans conquered almost all of Europe and were poised to invade France or Great Britain. America attempts to remain neutral amid a growing feeling that it needs to be involved. To avoid being implicated in armed robbery, Paul Fortier leaves New York to live with his relatives in Quebec. He joins the Royal Canadian Air Force when he turns eighteen and is loaned to the RAF as a gunner. In a bomber rain over Stuttgart, his plane is badly damaged. He parachutes into occupied France, damaging his leg in the landing. In his effort to reach Switzerland, he takes refuge in a barn near the border. His life is about to change in ways he cannot imagine once his presence is discovered.