Torn from the hidden pages of history, a young Belgian man recounts to his silent American friend the incredible but sad journey of his heart. His intense love and devotion for a “mysterious” Jewish girl - a girl who lived across the canal from his family home in Brugge, but who he's never met - is threatened by international scandal, two world wars, her disappearance, his amazingly heroic rescue attempt and resulting capture, his internment in the Nazi death camps, deadly diseases, the perils and racial violence of interior Africa, and years and years of waiting with no justification for hope. Still, his love is great and remains. Will he ever find her? Is she even alive?