While this is not one of my favorite D. E. Stevenson books, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Half-English half-German Franz comes over to England before WW2 to visit the English side of his family, and also to spy out the land, as it were, and see what the morale/feeling in England is. His father is quite high up in the Nazi army and Franz himself is ashamed of his English roots and determined to do his best on his "mission." At first he thinks the Brits are soft and foolish, but as he gets to know his English relatives better he comes to see the underlying steel of their character. To make matters more complicated he falls in love with his beautiful cousin and hopes he'll be able to propose, but her guardian, Dane, who saw what happened to Franz's mother in a "mixed" marriage, forbids him to speak to Wynn of his feelings. Because of his new perspective on England, Franz is overjoyed when Chamberlain is able to sign a pact with Hitler. The blow is all the harder when Hitler breaks the pact and attacks Poland. In despair, Franz returns to Germany, where he falls in with the German resistance movement. Dane hears him speaking his anti-Nazi propaganda over the radio and realizes it is Franz, and follows the speeches with interest, until one day in the middle of a speech he hears shots fired and the line goes blank. What has happened to Franz?! Read the book and find out. :^) Likeable characters, an interesting plot, and a good picture of a time we hopefully will never experience again make for a very enjoyable story.