Eric finds an intriguing trunk while visiting his aunt’s holiday home. And it intrigues him for good reason, for it holds many clues about the lacklustre past of the Domaine de Conssé which has been the family estate for generations.
When Eric finds a picture of a German man in the trunk, tongues are loosened and stirred memories quickly come to the surface. These lead him on the trail of an assassination connected to his family and the reader is drawn into an account of a period in the First World War when the area fell under German occupation.
Step by step, Eric tries to unravel the thread of history and the harsh acts committed during this time. He reconnects with his family’s ugly past and gradually discovers the information his aunt has always sought to hide from him.