In June of 1922, Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs was shot and killed by right extremists in broad daylight in front of a school. One of the students who heard the gunshots was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a brilliant young man who, starting from his days as a theology student, faced the fallout of the Great War, the hardships of the impending world conflict, and the problems that would arise from his denunciation of the abuses of the Third Reich and of the church’s general abandonment of those who were being persecuted, including Bonhoeffer himself. Difficulties like the censuring of his writings and speeches compelled him to collaborate with a military resistance group led by Admiral Canaris and to participate in the so-called Walkyria Operation. With Bonhoeffer’s ecumenical contacts, these efforts prepared for an attempt on Hitler’s life that could bring the war to an end.
But one day, Bonhoeffer was accused of plotting against Hitler. He was tried and put in jail. There he lived through the British bombing of Berlin and wrestled with complex spiritual questions and conflicts, all in the context of death, love, loneliness, and faith. This biographical novel takes us from Berlin to Rome, from Tubingen to New York, from Barcelona to Munich; it is a deep reflection on the lost world of long ago, described here with surgical precision; yet it is a world with room for hope, despite any circumstance.