Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri's, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people. Thessaloniki, 2007. A young Anglo-Greek hears his grandparents' life story for the first time and realises he has a decision to make. For many decades, they have looked after the memories and treasures of the people who were forced to leave. Should he become their next custodian and make this city his home?
Thessaloníki, 1917. Den natten Dimitri Komninos blir født raseres byen av en brann. Da Katerina må flykte til Hellas fem år senere mister hun moren sin i kaoset på båten. Den dagen flettes livene til Dimitri og Katerina sammen. I 2007 får en ung gresk mann som er oppvokst i London høre livshistorien til besteforeldrene for første gang. Historien gjør et uutslettelig inntrykk, og får konsekvenser for hans egen fremtid.