The story begins in 1995, when a septuagenarian writer Willie is invited to a dinner party hosted by his son’s girlfriend. There he encounters the mother of his son’s girlfriend and, coincidentally, his first love, who he met at a death camp. The two now feel a distance between them. Without revealing their secret to their children, Willie communicates between the lines of the dinner conversation to the still beautiful woman that he was waiting for her after the war. When Willie returns home, he begins to write a story about a young, beautiful Belgian Jewish girl named Colette. The viewer is taken back in time to Auschwitz / Birkenau in the summer 1943 as seen through Willie’s eyes.