A reunion unlike others, convicted murderer and terrorist Joerg has been released from prison on a pardon after more than 24 years inside. A former member of the terrorist group Red Army Faction (or Baader-Meinhof), Joerg's release sends shockwaves throughout Germany. Invited by his loyal sister Christiane, Joerg's friends, many of whom are RAF sympathisers, gather round for his first weekend of freedom. While at the secluded country home, they share memories of each other and pass quiet judgements on the life decisions everyone has made, but these are not typical reminisces. Bernhard Schlink's follow up to The Reader is a captivating read full of jealousy, politics and friendship.