April, 1945. As the Americans storm the Buchenwald concentration camp, among the survivors are Jakob and Emmanuelle, barely more than teenagers. Each of them has lost everything. But when they meet, they find hope and comfort in each other. Jakob and Emmanuelle marry, and build a new life in New York. But their pasts cast a long shadow over the present. Years later, as the Sixties are in full swing, their son Max is an ambitious, savvy businessman, determined to throw off the sadness that has hung over his family. But as Max’s life unfolds, he must learn that there is meaning in his heritage that will help shape his future.