A historical novel: Milan, April, 1945: Allen Dulles,OSS Chief, negotiates a Secret Surrender with SS Gen. Karl Wolff, commander of Nazi troops occupying northern Italy.
As a defeated Italy is fought over by Russians, Italian communists, Italy-for-Italians fanatics, and the Allies, Robert Simon, Italian-American secret agent run by Allen Dulles--OSS Chief in Bern—parachutes into the north. His mission: protect Dulles’s secret plan, Operation Sunrise, designed to save Italy from a scorched earth as the Germans retreat, from sabotage by a renegade partisan group.
Simon infiltrates the group; almost immediately he and Sara Levi, a Jewish partisan member, fall in love. His mission and love affair progress at a breakneck pace with Dulles’s negotiations with Karl Wolff, SS General in charge of the Nazi retreat. In the race against time, Simon comes to understand his Italian roots as the nation, as it did during Unification, heals, inspired by the music of its great national hero Giuseppe Verdi.
Chapter One: In Piazzale Loreto a crowd rejoices over Mussolini’s murdered body strung upside down over a gas station beside his dead mistress. Sara, frantically seeking her lover in the crowd, runs into the group’s courier. In a quiet side street, the two flashback to a month earlier: to a black, cloudless night and a white spot dropping slowly down towards a deserted field outside Milan….