In 1943 Laura works with the chief negotiator on German access to Swedish iron ore when her friend from university, Britta, is tortured and murdered. She tries to discover what happened, but soon her own apartment is burgled and blown up. Despite the danger, Laura seeks the help of her past university friends and later the secretary to the minister of foreign affairs to eke out what Britta had uncovered that caused her death.
This is a very different WW11 story. Sweden remained neutral although it was pressured from both Germany and the Allies. And while the book is fictional, it is based on facts about what was happening with both German soldiers passing through Sweden and its indigenous Sami people.