When Jay Halprin is late for work in the Twin Towers on 9/11, he struggles to come to terms with his survival and a sinister presence appears; it is the personification of Jay's despair, a presentiment of his fate, a remnant of a past life. Writer Cameron Mortimer recounts how in 1930s Berlin he pursued a relationship with a young man in the Hitler Youth called Wolfgang Köhler. Wolf is arrested following the night of the long knives and Cameron's attempt to rescue him is futile. Jay's son plays the Hitler Youth singer in his school's controversial staging of the musical Cabaret and Jay's interest in the play leads him to Cameron Mortimer. The shocking outcome - when Jay's survival story collides with the repercussions of Cameron's Berlin adventure - defines where fate ends and destiny begins.