'The Great War ends, as it began, with military blunders. A field ambulance station is being evacuated when a young soldier, blinded by gas during the fighting, joins the wrong queue. Gas blisters in his throat prevent him from telling anyone that his name is Adolf Hitler, private first-class, of the Sixteenth Bavarian Infantry, Reserve Division, or that he is headed for Germany.
'The year is 1919. At Versailles, Australia has just signed a peace treaty destined to ruin Germany and create the conditions in which Nazism would thrive. Meanwhile, amid the celebrations at a remote fishing port in New South Wales, the steamer bringing Australian war heroes home also delivers the blinded Hitler. Here he meets Audrey McNeil, aspiring filmmaker and desparate opponent of her sister Sybil. Brief though his visit is, he changes Audrey's life.
'But is the stranger really who he claims to be?'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
'As a child in London during the war, Rodney Hall remembers listening avidly and anxiously to radio reports of Hitler, “like an approaching giant”; he and his friends made up obscene jokes about this “monster of our secret lives”. When his family returned to Australia in 1949, the war and the bogey-man came too.' (Introduction)