The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-player, Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. He is never heard from again. He was 20 years old, a German citizen. And he was black.
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The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He was twenty years old. He was a German citizen. And he was black. Fifty years later Sid, Hiero's bandmate and the only witness that day, travels to Berlin, bringing to the surface secrets buried since Hiero's fate was settled.
Sam Capra is living the dream. He has a perfect job with the CIA, and a perfect wife, Lucy, who is pregnant with their first child. But one sunny day, Sam’s life changes forever. After narrowly avoiding an explosion, Sam wakes up in a prison cell. Adrenaline coursing through his veins, Sam enters a frantic race to survive, and discover the truth about those he thought he knew...