Joanna Langley has returned to her ancestral home upon hearing of her estranged father’s death. Langley Hall was sold and turned into a boarding school after her mother died while her father retained a position as Art Master. While going through his few belongings, she finds a letter to Sofia, who risked her life to save her father after he was shot down in Italy during WWII, with references to the “beautiful boy” they hid from the Germans. With her future uncertain and intrigued by the possibility of a brother she never knew, Joanna journeys to the small town of San Salvatore to find answers. Bowen uses flashbacks to tell the story of Joanna’s father, Hugo Langley, and his fight to survive while hiding from the Germans in occupied Italy interspersed with her search for the truth about her father’s past. A well-crafted book that would appeal to fans of Kristin Hannah.