The war is over, but Berlin is a desolate sea of rubble. There is a shortage of everything: food, clothes, tobacco. The local population is scrabbling to get by. Kasper Meier is one of these Germans, and his solution is to trade on the Black Market to feed himself and his elderly father. He can find anything that people need – for the right price. Even other people.
When a young woman, Eva, arrives at Kasper’s door seeking the whereabouts of a British pilot, he feels a reluctant sympathy for her but won’t interfere in military affairs. But Eva is prepared for this. Kasper has secrets, she knows them and she’ll use them to get what she wants. As the threats against him mount, Kasper is drawn into a world of intrigue he could never have anticipated.