In 1961 Peter and Helen Kroger, two Americans living in a London suburb were convicted
of spying for the Russians and sentenced to twenty years imprisonment.
From these true facts Hugh Whitmore has written a powerfully moving fictional account
of the events leading up to their arrest, with the action centred on the totally
unsuspecting Jackson household - Bob, Barbara and their daughter Julie.
The Jacksons live opposite the Krogers, believing them to be a convivial Canadian
couple and their closest friends.
Then a mysterious stranger arrives, announces he is from MI5 and quietly coerces
the Jacksons into allowing the house to be used as a surveillance post.
In the nightmare months that follow, The Jacksons’ decent happy life is shattered
as the truth about their much-loved friends is gradually revealed to them and, helpless
in an alien, sordid world of deception and treachery, Barbara reaches breaking point,
with the agonising realisation that the Krogers have betrayed her and she, in turn,
has betrayed the Krogers.