Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel` d`Hiv` roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family`s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
Paris, May 2002: On Vel` d`Hiv`s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France `s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl`s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d`Hiv`, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah`s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.
Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.