After Wisconsin graduate student Mildred Fish marries brilliant German economist Arvid Harnack she accompanies him to his German homeland where a promising future awaits. In the thriving intellectual culture of 1930s Berlin the newlyweds create a rich new life filled with love friendships and rewarding work--but the rise of a malevolent new political faction inexorably changes their fate. As Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party wield violence and lies to seize power Mildred Arvid and their friends resolve to resist. Mildred gathers intelligence for her American contacts including Martha Dodd the vivacious and very modern daughter of the US ambassador. Her German friends aspiring author Greta Kuckoff and literature student Sara Weiss risk their lives to collect information from journalists military officers and officials within the highest levels of the Nazi regime. For years Mildred's network stealthily fights to bring down the Third Reich from within. But when Nazi radio operatives detect an errant Russian signal the Harnack resistance cell is exposed with fatal consequences.