In 1944, a band of Jewish guerrillas emerged from the forest to join the Russian army in its attack on Vilna, the capital of Lithuania. They were headed by Abba Kovner, a charismatic young poet and Zionist leader. His chief lieutenants were two teenage girls, Vitka Kempner and Ruzka Korczak. Each night, the three of them shared a bed, but what they found was more than temporary solace - it was a great love affair. In the last terrifying days of the war - with the extent of the Holocaust still not widely known - they hatched a plan for retaliation. Before it was over, they would have smuggled enough poison into Nuremberg to kill 10,000 Nazis. The Avengers tells what happened to these rebels, how they took revenge, and how in fighting for the state of Israel they moved beyond the violence of the Holocaust and made new lives. This is one of the last great untold stories of World War II.