The book tells the lives of two children, whose stories will cross during the Second World War. Marie-Laure is a French girl who takes refuge in Saint-Malo after Paris is invaded by Nazi Germany. Werner is a German boy who is accepted into a military school before being sent to the military. A bestseller in the United States upon its release, the novel was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2015, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.