Berlin, 1934: The Nazis have secured the 1936 Olympiad. Hitler and Avery Brundage have connived to soft-pedal Nazi anti-Semitism and convince America to participate. Bernie Gunther, house detective at a Berlin hotel, is swept into the corruption. Havana, 1954: Batista has seized power; Castro is in prison; and the American Mafia is gaining a stranglehold on the city. Bernie, who has resurfaced in Cuba, discovers he cannot outrun the burden of his past.