Set in Budapest during the First World War, this is a searing love story of two people whose lives are shattered by war. Newly married, Miette and Peter find their idyll is soon destroyed when Peter joins the army and is then taken prisoner. Their struggle to remain true to each other during their years of separation and torment leads to an ironic and devastating denouement in the icy depths of Siberia. Lajos Zilahy was born in1891in Transylvania; he emigrated to New York in1948 and died in1974. Considered the finest Hungarian novelist of the century, his works include Century in Scarlet and The Deserters.