After a perilous journey from Prague, the penniless and exhausted Kohut family—Willy, Sophie and Pavel—reach Paris. They are desperate to find a way to join relatives in London but with Germany threatening to invade Holland and Belgium, routes across the Channel are blocked. France starts to mobilize her army and strengthen defenses. The Allies declare war on Germany.
Hoping to earn some money and find an escape route, Willy signs up with the reconstituted Czechoslovak army based in the south of France, under French military command. Sophie, still with Pavel in Paris finds part-time work at Café Budapest, run by an old Hungarian baker and his wife. A few weeks later, Pavel and Sophie flee south only to be swept up in the panic when France surrenders. In an emergency evacuation, the Kohut family along with thousands of Czechoslovak soldiers and refugees are evacuated by the British Navy to Gibraltar. Britain faces the Axis powers alone. The future is uncertain.
Born in Kosiče in Eastern Slovakia, Peter Curtis grew up in England and was enthralled by books like Treasure Island, King Solomon’s Mines and The 39 Steps. I dreamed of writing tales of adventure. After a career in medicine, he turned his talents to the written word. A former resident of Fearrington Village, he now resides in Seattle.