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In the early 1940's, refugees from all over Europe seek shelter in South Western France, escaping persecution from the Nazis and from Franco's regime in Spain. The refugee camps are in a state of disrepair, and Elisabeth Eidenbenz, a young Red Cross nurse, takes it upon herself to breathe new life into an old villa, transforming it into a birth clinic that saves the lives of countless women and children. Despite all hardship, the villa becomes a safe haven resounding with the children's laughter.
But the community is not safe from the outside turmoil: authorities in Nazi-occupied France demand that she hand over all Jewish refugees and their children, while Elisabeth's deputy Victoria sides with the Résistance partisans – an act that puts the lives of the mothers and children in jeopardy.
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