The incredible story of Varian Fry, the American who saved more lives than Schindler - great literary, scientific and artistic figures such as Andre Breton, Heinrich Mann, Marc Chagall and Max Ernst and others who represented the political and cultural elite of Europe.
Varian Fry was an outsider, a flawed man who was transformed by the advent of war in Europe, finding his purpose as the saviour of hundreds of people facing death under the Nazis. Marino traces the progress of a seemingly impossible rescue operation, revealing the charismatic personality of Fry, and tells the story of those who helped him. It is a tale full of surreal and heart-stopping episodes: a novelist smuggled out of a concentration camp right under the noses of the guards; the "secret" escape route up a mountainside in full view of the entire population of Cerbere.
This is one of the last great untold stories of World War Two.