Dodo, Gwen, Noor and Vera meet at boarding school. Just before the outbreak of World War II. Dodo’s parents live in Germany and are Nazi sympathisers. Gwen acts as narrator and is at school because her parents live in India. Noor is from India, daughter to a Sufi philosopher and sees fairies. Vera is Jewish. Her parents and younger brother have been seized by the Nazis. She lives with her aunt and uncle in Paris.
Noor’s story is partly true. The other characters are fictional.
Dodo dies when she becomes involved in the rescue form Dunkirk. She has been working as a spy, looking into the work of Nazi sympathisers.
Gwen tells us very little about her work but it is top secret and involves maps.
Noor becomes a member of SOE – Special Operations Executive. She works with the Resistance in France but is captured and executed.
Vera works for the Resistance in Paris and is very involved in forging documents in order to allow Jews to escape the Nazis.
There is some romance for all four girls and an upbeat ending for Gwen and Vera.
This is a very long read – 500 pages of blocked text. There is a short note at the end about Noor Inayat Khan