A New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure is a blind girl in Saint-Malo, living alone in her great-uncle Etienne’s house. Werner is a soldier in the German army, under orders to stay at a hotel in Saint-Malo where the German headquarters is set up. As the two characters both take refuge in a city that is about to be bombed, they each prepare in their own way. Marie-Laure, instead of taking shelter, manipulates a tiny wooden model of Saint-Malo that her father made for her, revealing a diamond hidden inside it. Meanwhile, Werner takes shelter with two other soldiers in the hotel’s cellar. Both victims of chance caught in an impossible situation, they do their best to make it through the bombing of the city.