Vera Atkins worked for Special Operations, the top-secret arm of British Intelligence that sent citizens on dangerous missions behind enemy lines during World War II. Many did not return, and Atkins felt a deep sense of responsibility toward the women she recruited. After all, there was a good chance that she was sending them to their deaths. Atkins was born into a high-society Jewish family in Romania. Her mother was British and Atkins eventually moved to England, but her Romanian background meant she wasn’t automatically given a military rank when she joined the intelligence services. Neither were her female agents. If the women were captured, they wouldn’t qualify for prisoner of war status. Their fate might never be known. By the spring of 1945, Atkins was particularly worried about seven missing women, so she made it her job to find out what happened to them - even if that meant visiting prisons, interviewing the Gestapo, and learning more than she wanted to know about what went on in the Nazi concentration camps.