In 1943, Camp Opelika, Alabama, was the location of a German POW camp during World War II. Young Annie Winston of Pepperell Village finds herself embroiled in a romance with one of the prisoners, Gunter Wolff, leading to misunderstanding, mistaken identity, and an ultimate tragedy.
Fast forward to 1992, where Chaz Champion has received devastating news. The Pepperell Mill, his pride and joy, has burned to the ground. Upon his tour of the devastation he finds the rusted, disintegrating remnants of an old German dog tag. He sets out to uncover the identity of the person whose tag he holds and with the help of friends, exposes the story of Annie and Gunter, a tale of forbidden love, murder, and family secrets.