Ursula A. is a study in elegance. From her perfectly pin-curled mahogony hair, to the tips of her moon manicure in blood red, she is not just stylish: she is style. After an unexpectedly rugged upbringing in Texas, she attended a fine finishing school in Dresden, where she established herself as an outstanding student of geography and languages. One night, after sneaking out with fellow students, she encounters a Polish matron who offers to introduce her to young men in the diplomatic corps. After one lavish party, she can imagine herself nowhere else. This is her chosen milieu. And she learns quickly, as one does, that good looks can buy you almost as much as money. Blessed with fair genetics and exceptional posture training from years of ballet study, Ursula commands the attention of many potential suitors in general, and of one senior ambassador in particular, Maximilian Bruehl. A man of visible bearing and pedigree, Maximilian introduces her to the cushioned surroundings of Third Reich luxury and excess. That is, until Hitler invades Poland.