It is 1932. Gabriel Sargent's poverty and suffering are intensified when his father commits suicide and he loses his job at the mines. The only hope in his life is his painting and a refined German woman, Rosel. Between the two, Gabriel finds the hope of a very different existence. He begins to fall in love with Rosel, but can he ever hope to cross the gulf between them? She is educated and refined, and he can offer nothing except for his love and protection. But, with the approach of World War II, it is Rosel’s nationality that will surely drive them apart forever . . .