Summer 1940. For Stevie Steiber, a young American journalist in Hong Kong, the war in Europe is a world away. While longing to be taken seriously as a writer, she keeps her readers informed about society gossip from the Orient. Major Harry Field is investigating suspicious activity inside the colony, focusing Jishang a sophisticated Chinese publisher. But it is Stevie, Jishang's outspoken, beautiful correspondent who really fascinates him.
When the Japanese army seizes the island, Stevie and Harry are faced with terrifying challenges. What will they sacrifice to stay alive, and how far will they go to protect each other?