Grace is a thief on the run from some very bad people who want the money she has stolen. Her thieving adventures have left her with a vague but compelling impression of the beauty and serenity of the Rhône valley in southern France, so she goes there in 1930 to hide and to acquire farm land that she can work. Since she was a very young woman, toiling in the heat to make green things grow has been what brings her peace. She buys a farm where she lives safely until 1935. But, then she makes an innocent phone call that opens the way for the winds of war to collapse her peaceful world.