Harriet Pringle is newly arrived in Athens. Having fled
Nazi-occupied Rumania, she anxiously awaits news of her
husband Guy, trapped in the spoilt city of Bucharest.
When the young couple are reunited, in the sunlight
of a capital still at peace, they have little idea of the problems
still to come. Greece is invaded by the Italians and work is scarce; hardly the best time for a marriage to flourish. Guy, as ever, is engrossed in his work and the problems of others, and when Harriet is diverted by a handsome young officer, their
marriage seems doomed.
But when Greece is defeated, and as Europe disintegrates
around them, Guy and Harriet are forced to find a new strength in a crumbling world of turmoil.
Friends and Heroes is the triumphant final book in Olivia
Manning's acclaimed Balkan Trilogy.