Though Hungarian politics play a key role in providing the backdrop for this account of a young woman's life, the real focus is on the long-term romance between the woman and her married lover. The tale begins just before the outbreak of WW II. Franciska is a country girl working in a mansion. One day she is hiding out in a bomb shelter when she meets Lajos, her married neighbor. Something clicks between them and soon they spend every Sunday tooling about on his Harley Davidson. It doesn't take many such Sundays for the two to fall in love. But then the war erupts and Lajos, who is Jewish, suddenly disappears. Franciska doesn't see him again until she establishes herself in Budapest and gets a job as a servant in an apartment block. She is happy when Lajos suddenly shows up at her door and they are able to resume their weekly trysts. The relationship deepens, but she refrains from accepting his proposal because Lajos' wife is terribly ill. Later Franciska joins the newly established social police force and eventually rises through the ranks. She proves to be an excellent cop, and is adept at blithely ignoring the injustice she inadvertently supports until a sudden mysterious event changes everything.
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