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Fifty years have gone by since Samuel Bernard sailed with Napoleon Bonaparte to conquer Egypt. All this time he's kept his peace, but now he needs to come to terms with his past and the two secrets he carried with him from Egypt. One he swore never to reveal; and one he never had the courage to share. One he must take to the grave; and one that leaves his daughter wondering about an old man she never truly knew.
One war, five years, three lives – two childhood friends separated by Nazi ideology, and a twelve-year-old French boy who’s not like other boys. Three distinct struggles to come to terms with loss and suffering and the absurdity of war. Until in the waning months of the war, Germany’s deployment of its secret V1 weapon irrevocably entangles their lives in the forests of Normandy.
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