Castroux, France, 1939: in a bare farmhouse above the village, Oriane lives in desperate poverty. When the Germans invade, her simple world crumbles. Passions erupt, moral boundaries break down, and rebellion is soon in the air. Castroux, France, 2000: In an idyllic gîte overlooking the river, Claudia sunbathes on the terrace. She's pregnant, trapped, and terrified of the future. She confides only in an elderly neighbor, Oriane, and discovers that she too once carried a shameful secret. Witness the horrors of war and the heartache that followed. A place where history echoes off every wall. . .