A World War II British army nurse in the Sahara, captured by a German patrol, interferes with the patrol commander’s mission, until the two join forces against their common enemy.
When British Army Nurse, Eleanor Bowman’s routine flight to Cairo crashes in a contested area of the Sahara, she is taken prisoner by a German patrol. What she doesn’t know is that her captor, Captain Kirchner, is a German Jew, and an undercover British commando. His team and their cadre of British ‘prisoners’ are on a covert mission ordered by Churchill (a disaster that remained a British State Secret for twenty years).
Eleanor, half-German herself, is also half-cooked by the desert heat so she doesn’t put the clues together for two days. As secrets come out a casual remark leads Eleanor to uncover a spy. Before she knows it, she is behind the wheel of a getaway truck in the midst of flying bullets. Even when she and Kirchner reach a British ship, safety remains elusive since the two of them can so easily pass as Germans. An admiral sends them off to the French Rivera to snatch a refuge scientist away from suspicious French Vichy police working with the Nazis. Forced into a partnership filled with danger, destruction and death, Eleanor and Kirchner forge a powerful friendship.
World War II British Army nurse, Eleanor Bowman, does not belong on a battlefield. Then her transport plane crashes in a contested area of the Sahara, and she is taken prisoner by an enemy patrol.
Her captor, Captain Kirchner, seems a stereotypical German officer. What she doesn’t know is that he is a German Jew, now a British commando. His team and their cadre of British 'prisoners' turn out to be on a covert mission personally ordered by Churchill (a disastrous mission that remained a British State Secret for 20 years). The commandos don’t know she is half-German and understands everything said around her. But she is also half-cooked by the overwhelming desert heat, and she doesn’t put all the clues together for two days.
As most of the secrets come out, things begin to go wrong, and Eleanor finds a spy due to knowing something about baseball and fortune telling. Then she ends up in the midst of flying bullets behind the wheel of a getaway truck. Even after they reach a British ship, safety remains elusive as an admiral finds it useful to have two people ---- Eleanor and Kirchner --- who can both perfectly pass as Germans. The two of them rescue each other in various ways on the French Riviera and on the sea as they form a partnership that death, destruction and danger will enhance into a powerful friendship.
It is the friendship that turns out to be the protagonist of the story.