Berlin 1919, a civil war is raging between communists and nationalists. In the midst of this turmoil and violence a newborn baby is abandoned on the doorsteps of a convent. This is the story of that foundling, and of her quest to find an identity, a search which takes the child, the girl and the woman through a Germany of upheaval, fascism and war. It is a world in which belonging to the 'right' racial group can become a matter of life and death. In a life full of danger and adventure, Margareta moves in National Socialist and Communist circles, ever alive to the swirling currents of events in The Third Reich and yet swept along in spite of herself through marriage,lovers and friendships to imprisonment by the Gestapo.