The Naked Heart
Their friendship began in the Paris of 1941 - a Paris held in the double grip of an icy winter and the Nazi occupation. But for Gilberte - the daughter of aristocratic French parents - and Anne, vibrant, generous and American, it was beginning of a lifetime of friendship, betrayal, love and hate. It was the time they both fell in love with Quentin Dejong, handsome, brave, and a member of the Resistance - Quent, who was to prove the catalyst in both their lives.
As the frightening shadow of the Gestapo moved closer, touching first Anne, then Gilberte, their lifetime pattern was set. Gilberte, whose experiences turned her into a survivor, a collaborator, and a cold ruthless planner, was to become obsessed with seeking vengeance. Anne - forced to grow up almost overnight - made a daring escape over the Alps and then waited for Quent to come back to her.
It was not until the Liberation that the three met again - and by then the terrible secrets of the part began to dominate their lives and the lives of those who loved them.