Naked Heart Author:Jacqueline Briskin "For as long as I live, Father, the betrayer's family will suffer. I promise you that." This vow will resonate through the years to haunt the lives of two women and the men they love. — But for Gilberte de Permont and her American friend, Ann Blakely, schoolgirls in the grim Paris of the Nazi Occupation, there is no forewarning of their tragica... more »lly entwined destinies. They brighten their bleak, hungry days by spinning romantic fantasies about Gilberte's American cousin, Quent Dejong, heir to the Templar fortune, and his handsome friend, Larry Porter. Then a Paris railroad station is sabotaged by Resistance. Shortly afterward the Baron and Baronne de Permont and Gilberte disappear. Ann, beginning a fruitless search for the family, enlists Quent's aid. When America enters the wat it is Quent who guides her through enemy territory to Switzerland and safety. They fall in love but must separate, she to bomb-racked London, he on a secret mission.
Meanwhile, the de Permonts are imprisioned by the Gestapo. Gilberte, subjected to unspeakable brutality, witnesses the death of her parents by torture. All that sustains her is a passion to fulfill the oath she made to her father. This obsessive need for vengeance pursues her through the decades, leaving a wake of tragedy that engulfs her as wella s Ann, and all whom they both hold dear.« less