Baltimore, 1919: After graduating in the top of her psychology major at Vassar, Rosalie Rayner accepts a coveted position in the lab of Dr. John B. Watson, the infamous father of American behaviorism, at Johns Hopkins University. The two begin a passionate affair that will cost Rosalie her PhD candidacy, her prominent Jewish family's good name, her dreams of her own career, and ultimately her sanity.
Ernst Vogler is 26 years old in 1938 when he is sent to Rome by his employer - the Third Reich's Sonderprojekte, which is collecting the great art of Europe and bringing it to Germany for the Fuhrer. Vogler is to collect a famous Classical Roman marble statue, The Discus Thrower, and get it to the German border, where it will be turned over to Gestapo custody. It is a simple, three-day job. Things start to go wrong almost immediately.
In a dusty, turn-of-the-century Catalan village, the bequest of a cello bow sets young Feliu Delargo on the unlikely path of becoming a musician. Anarchist Barcelona and the court of the embattled monarchy in Madrid teach him his first serious lessons in creativity, principle, and passion - and their consequences. When he meets up with the charming and eccentric piano prodigy Justo Al-Cerraz, their lifelong friendship and rivalry orchestrate a tumultuous course for them both.
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