Sophie Heller and her family emigrated from Germany to the small town of Victory, Illinois, well before World War II began. But now that the war has deeply affected the town, local residents are beginning to turn a cold shoulder toward them. Then tragedy strikes when a train is derailed, and the Heller family is unfairly blamed.
With paranoia and discrimination threatening to destroy the once peaceful town, the handsome teacher from the high school gallantly comes to Sophie's defense. Against great odds and despite their cultural differences, a romance begins to blossom - but can their newfound love survive amid the escalating turmoil?