Nothing So Strange Author:James Hilton The scene of Hilton's novel shifts from London to Vienna to Berlin to California in the years immediately before and during the Second World War. — Dr. Mark Bradley of North Dakota, in his twenty-fifth year, was engaged in scientific research and lecturing at University College, London, when he met and was entertained by the American internationa... more »l financier, Harvey Waring. Christine Waring is Harvey's second wife, and much younger. Their only child, Jane, is eighteen. Both Christine and Jane are attracted by "Brad," the brilliant, self-disciplined scientist. Christine draws him into her circle, with the immediate result that Harvey secures an opening for Brad with Dr. Hugo Framm, a great Viennese physicist.
In politics, Dr. Framm is an opportunist, and, realizing that his country must soon come under German domination, is pandering to the Nazis. Out of this situation comes the tense developments which make the core of the story. Jane's protective love provides the strong thread which weaves together the dramatic, sinister, and deeply moving events consequent upon Brad's work in the Vienna of 1937 and 1938, the Berlin of 1939 and then in America.« less