A hijacked delivery vehicle draws St-Cyr and Kohler into the killing fields of World War IThe last time Jean-Louis St-Cyr visited the ruins of this ancient abbey, during the Great War, a sniper nearly killed him. Three decades later, death has brought him here again. Ever since the German occupation of France, the chief inspector has worked alongside German detective inspector Hermann Kohler. Now, during the fall of 1943, the war is going badly for the Third Reich, but conflicts continue to plague these two unlikely allies.A bank-owned cargo van is parked near the crumbling monastery, its passengers murdered. The killers took small bills but left behind a bounty in smuggled champagne, cheese, and coffee. Were the thieves from the Resistance, or from the underworld?