Sometimes missing a plane isn't as tragic as it might seem. Due to an overcrowded flight, Manuel Servera, a young Mallorcan writer, must spend New Year's Eve 1989 at the Metropole hotel. There he will meet Miss Katharina Fürst, who the same night, but in 1942, managed to embark for the United States carrying with her a memorized list of Nazi spies of maximum importance for the Allies. Thus, the Mallorcan will discover an unknown world where this hotel in the centre of Lisbon becomes a nest of Nazi spies and allies and Jews who hoped to embark and flee Europe, while Portugal remains neutral in the Second World War, and where Miss Fürst is a coveted piece of big game hunting.
Sebastià Bennasar thus returns to Lisbon, one of the mythical settings of his narrative, and takes us fully into contemporary history as well as discovering the role of the CIA and women spies in the so-called Cultural Cold War.