The tumultuous early years of the young Jewish state are brought to vivid life through the eyes of two German Jewish brothers. Arie survived the Holocaust in Europe. Peter, one year older, was chosen for the Kindertransport and sent to America.
They find each other again in Israel, knowing everyone else in their family has been murdered. Peter becomes a top Mossad agent, deeply involved in many of the key spy adventures of the era. Arie becomes a scheming businessman, among the richest men in Israel: one brother is building the state, the other protecting it.
But they have fallen in love with the same woman, a Jewish refugee from Egypt. The brothers’ jealousies and intrigues are mirrored by the young nation’s very own struggles to survive.