Italy’s separate peace with the Allies in September of 1943 brings an SS unit to the Hotel Meina, a Jewish owned establishment on Italy’s Lake Maggiore, where 16 Italian-Greek Jews have taken refuge. Cora, a seemingly frivolous German woman, is actually very courageous and is on a mission to help a political refugee flee to Switzerland. Unfortunately she catches the eye of Captain Krassler, the SS unit’s extreme Nazi leader, who watches her every move. She manages to save the political refugee but then decides to return to try and help the Jews who have been imprisoned in the hotel. They make a plan to escape. It is dangerous, but perhaps there is a chance for them all. She is helped by Noa, the young daughter of the hotel owner. But Krassler receives orders from Milan to eliminate the Jews in the hotel immediately. Noa is the only survivor of this first terrible Nazi massacre of Jews in Italy, while her fiancé Julien perishes with the rest of the group on the night they flee the hotel.