Naked and badly injured, Private Jack Twinterman is mistaken for a German soldier. Under the name Hugo Forst, he spends the next two years in a Berlin hospital, until finally, in 1947, he is released into a world he knows nothing about. He is accompanied by Pia Wedekind, a shy, nervous woman who is keeping a secret that Hugo Forst cannot get to the bottom of. But Hugo is falling in love with Pia Wedekind, and together they must face and then come to terms with a past that has left them both broken, but in different ways. And the presence of the real Hugo Forst is always hanging over them. Did the war claim Hugo, as it did so many, or is he out there somewhere, waiting to return?