Author(s): Bernice Rubens
It is 1947, and in the British mandate of Palestine, the political pressure is rising. David Millar and Will Griffiths are two English sergeants, both reluctant conscripts. Half-Catholic, half-Jewish, David has mixed feelings about his work, more so when he meets, befriends and becomes close to Hannah Wertman, whose father, Avram, is a member of the terrorist group the Irgun. Will, meanwhile, is finding trouble at the Jerusalem jazz bar where he plays his saxophone . . . For Avram, everything is done in the name of 'the cause'. It is something from which he cannot be shaken and, as his story intertwines with those of Will, David and Hannah, it is a belief that pits politics against the personal, family against fervour. Because, sometimes, when history is being made, homes and hearts can end up being broken . . .