Otto and Leni are two teenagers sheltering in Britain during WW2. Both are far from home, both are outsiders and both are grateful to be safe. So when the British Government come to call, wanting to send them back to Germany on a top secret mission, they have a tough choice to make.
And yet it's easy too. With so many already sacrificing so much, and with their own reasons to hit back at the Nazis, both say yes. After all it's only a small mission - parachute into Bavaria, retrieve the parcel and escape to Switzerland.
Except the `parcel' is a young girl and Leni soon starts questioning why both governments want her so badly. And then everything starts to go wrong...
From the chaos of the evacuation of Dunkirk to the suspicions of wartime Bavaria, this story sits firmly in its historical setting. Of the two young spies Leni is the stronger and more well-rounded character. She's brave, smart, determined and protective. True, she has a ruthless streak, but it's balanced by her care of Angelika.
Otto does not stand up well in comparison. I found him a bit feeble and lacking Leni's courage and determination. He does well enough when under pressure, but otherwise I found him dull. As for Angelika, the mysterious package, she is sweet, infuriating and braver than the others.
Racing to escape, they make a good team - especially when certain injuries seem to be forgotten. As the peril builds and their escapades become more desperate and dangerous, you can't help willing them to succeed. Heydrich makes a very convincing foe amidst other historical monsters, and the constant cat and mouse game adds to both the tension and the action.
Dramatic, tense and exciting, this is a good dose of historical fiction - be prepared to read it quickly, because you won't want to put it down.