Austria, 1938. Anne von Korvacs watches in horror as Hitler's tanks roll through the streets of Vienna. Her embittered ex-husband, now a fervent supporter of the Reich, is among the cavalcade – he is burning with hatred for Anne, seeing her as a symbol of the old Austrian empire he once served. A chance encounter with a British journalist leaves Anne with a secret microfilm that must be smuggled out of the country, and Anne knows that she must forsake her beloved Vienna and flee to Britain with her children. In a thrilling journey that will separate sisters and brothers, parents and children, Anne and her family escape to freedom, to dream of a reunion in far-away London.