Imagine if the boy in hiding with Anne Frank had lived to tell the tale... After the war Peter van Pels leaves liberated Europe and its ghosts behind him and starts a new life in America. There he flourishes in business, marries and raises a family. He lives in the present and plans for the future; for him, the past does not exist. But Peter's life is broken apart when The Diary of a Young Girl is published and becomes a sensation all over the world. As Anne Frank's words take on a disturbing life of their own, the dissonance between Peter's present and former lives sparks a crisis he cannot suppress. This is a compelling novel about the power of stories, the meaning of history and the possibility of coming to terms with the unbearable burden of memory.