Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient, I've Loved You So Long) stars as Julia Jarmond, an American journalist living in Paris with her French husband and teenage daughter. When Julia is commissioned to write an article about the notorious 1942 Vel d'Hiv Roundup, she stumbles upon a secret which will change her life, and that of her family, forever. Julia's research draws a connection between the family apartment that she and her husband are renovating, and its former residents, the Jewish Starzynski family. Resolving to discover what became of them, she finds herself focusing on the fate of their daughter, Sarah, in an investigation that takes her across France and even back to America. The more Julia unearths, the more she discovers about Bertrand's family, about France and, finally, about herself.