In the spring of 1941, a German regiment is billeted in a rural French village.
In the Angellier household, two warring women pack away the good linen, lock up the piano and prepare to meet the enemy face to face.
The German officers settle into their billets.
The villagers must find a way to live alongside them, however uncomfortable it proves.
Lieutenant Bruno von Falk brings something new into the shuttered and forbidding Angellier home.
Despite herself, and her mother-in-law, Lucille finds herself drawn ever closer to Bruno - but the wider world is hard to keep at bay.
Bonnett's murder has forced Lucille to take sides.