SPOILER ALERT - This book was indeed sad. This is during World War 2 when Germany began working with France. The event was known as the Vel' d'Hiv' which was when all the Jews had been taken from Paris. Sarah got deperate and locked her brother in a cupboard and promised him that she would come back. She escaped the camp and met an elderly couple. They helped her and a girl who escaped with her from the camp. When the girl arrived back to Paris, there was already a different family living in that house and the brother was already dead. 40 years later, a journalist named Julia Jarmond. has been living in that same apartment where the girl (Sarah) and her family where told to get out of. Julia had to write an article about that event of the roundup of the Jews. Soon she found out who was living in her apartment and wanted to know more. She found the girl's son and the elderly couple's grandchildren who also knew Sarah. Later on in the story, Sarah's son, William and Julia find an old diary of Sarah's. Turn out the death of Sarah was no accident. She drove her car into a tree because she couldn't stand to live with her brother's death anymore.