Jews in 19th century France thought that their exile was over. They were Frenchmen and proud of it, part of society and untroubled by the persecutions their grandmothers had told them about.
Pierre Rousseau was an aspiring young journalist whose Jewish roots had withered. He, too, was a good and accepted Frenchman -- or so he thought. He was hired by an Orthodox Jewish publisher -- a rare anachronism in those days. The publisher was an Orthodox Jew, and so was his young daughter.
Then came the cataclysm. A Jewish officer in the French Army was accused of treason. Court-martialed. Convicted. Disgraced. Condemned to Devil’s Island. And suddenly, anti-Semitism exploded as virulently as a Ukrainian Pogrom.
It was a revelation to Pierre Rousseau, and it changed his life. He plunged into the fray to defend the falsely convicted officer. And he began to search for his roots and to breathe new vigor into personal Jewishness.
In this gripping historical novel, all three strands come together: the assimilated journalist, the Orthodox publisher and his daughter, and the framed Jewish officer. This is an exciting tale of intrigue, courage, idealism, and growth. It’s a great, real and moving lesson of Jewish eternity.