Orphaned when the Nazis invaded, street urchin Helene survives living as a boy and selling copies of Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propoganda.
Helene’s entire world changes when she befriends a misfit journalist Marc Aubrion, who draws her in to the Front de l’Indépendance, a secret network of resistance fighters publishing dissident underground newspapers.
Aubrion’s unbridled creativity and linguistic genius attracts the attention of August Wolff, a high-ranking Nazi official tasked with swaying public opinion against the Allies. Wolff gives the resistance fighters an impossible choice: use the voice of the resistance to paint the Allies as monsters or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea — they will pretend to do the Nazi’s bidding, while writing and distributing a fake edition of Le Soir. “Faux” Soir will mock the Reich, poke fun at Hitler and Stalin, and return power to the Belgians by laughing in the face of their oppressors. The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it.