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Family friends for generations, Catholic Markus and Jewish Levi--young men newly home from adventures in China--find themselves and their ladies living the last wonderfully romantic days of the Belle Epoch, the Beautiful Era, before the beginning of the first World War in 1914. The two men, swept up by the Great War, find themselves far from the trenches of France, but no less safe in the wilds and wars as soldiers in Kaiser Wilhelm’s African colonies.
Meanwhile back at Kalvarianhof, the grand Levi estate deep in the forests of Bavaria, the families left behind struggle with hardships and dangers unforeseen. In Africa too, loved ones face betrayal and terror that threatens their very lives.