Les Ruines, a WWII mystery set in present day France yields gruesome secrets from the German occupation, resulting in tragedy for its researchers.
Les Ruines paints a picture of life in southwest France during the dark years of the German occupation towards the end of the Second World War. Almost seventy years later, a young woman stumbles on a mystery from that period and embarks on a mission to seek the truth. Her quest takes her on a journey of revelation about the chaotic weeks that led to the liberation of France. With a failing marriage, she invites a close friend to accompany her, leaving her husband at home. The two women begin to open a ‘can of worms’ uncovering evidence of gruesome secrets buried in the ruins of a chateau.
Her obsessive investigation brings her into contact with Marcel, a former member of the maquis. His reticence to discuss his own involvement leads her to delve deeper. As she learns about the terrifying exploits of the Das Reich 2nd Panzer Division during its march from Montauban to Normandy, dark secrets begin to emerge. On her return to England, her personal life continues to unravel causing her domestic situation to reach crisis point. As the mystery in France appears about to be resolved, tragedy strikes.