At the age of 19, Violet Bushell - the child of French and English parents - married 31-old Etienne Szabo after a whirlwind 42 day romance. Shortly after, he is posted to the North African front and she hears nothing of him for a year. While home on leave for 7 days, they conceive a child - Tania - but Etienne dies never knowing his daughter. Violet, already involved in the war effort and perhaps in response to the death of her husband, joins the FANY Agents and becomes one of the most famous French and English resistance fighter of World War II. Velvet Assassin is a dedication to her memory.