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.
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.
"A wonderful debut"
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.