Thomas Nesbitt is a divorced American writer in the midst of a rueful middle age. Living a very private life in Maine, he finds his solitude disrupted by the arrival of a box postmarked Berlin. The return address on the box – Dussman – unsettles him completely. For it is the name of a woman with whom he had an intense love affair in Berlin – at a time when the city was cleaved in two. Refusing initially to confront what he might find, Thomas nevertheless finds himself forced to grapple with his past. Petra Dussman was not just a refugee from a police state, but also someone who lived with an ongoing sorrow beyond dreams…and one which gradually rewrote both their destinies.