When a decades-long secret is exposed, the results are devastating to two wealthy and powerful families during World War I. Only their inner strength will see them through the disasters of war and the complications of their human frailties, but no one will escape unscathed.
War undoubtedly brings out both the best and the worst in its victims, and Pascal de Bressy is no exception. Before he turns twenty, Pascal discovers the irresistible lure of gambling and cannot be trusted with his inheritance. His older brother Paul reluctantly promises his mother that he will protect the irresponsible Pascal forever. After their mother dies suddenly, Pascal asks Paul to cash in his inheritance. Paul suspects his brother is being blackmailed and must decide whether to hold the bonds for safekeeping or abide by Pascal's wishes.
Lucie, a friend of Paul's wife Charlotte, is secretly in love with Pascal. When Lucie learns that Pascal has been squandering his personal fortune at an alarming rate, she wonders if he is paying for another woman's silence. Lucie's undying devotion to Pascal will lead her down a path paved with murder, adultery, and a stolen identity.