Margot Baumann hasleft school to take up her sister's job in the mailroom of a large prison. Butthis is Germany in 1944, and the prison is Sachsenhausen concentration campnear Berlin.
Margot is shielded fromthe camp's brutality as she has no contact with prisoners. But shedoes handle their mail and, when given a cigarette lighter and told to burn theletters, she is horrified by the callous act she must carry out with her ownhands. This is especially painful since her brother was taken prisoner atStalingrad and her family have had no letters from him. So Margot steals a fewletters, intending to send them in secret, only to find herself drawn to theirheart-rending words of hope, of despair, and of love.
This is how Margot comesto know Dieter Kleinschmidt - through the beauty and the passion of his lettersto his girlfriend.
And since his girlfriendis also named Margot, it is like reading love letters written for her.
From award-winning Australian author James Moloney, comes a fresh and compelling story about love, loss and profound bravery.