What if there was a secret rescue agency navigating across political, ethnic, religious, and geographical boundaries which operated under the guise of a global horticulture group? The Gold Rose is such an organization. Founded in the 1940s, its headquarters lie hidden in plain sight in side-by-side Victorian homes on a slanted street in San Francisco.
1958, Charlotte, a highly trained ROSE agent, is stranded overnight by severe weather conditions in a rustic bus station in Bangor, Maine. To pass the long night, she reflects on her current dangerous but thrilling career with ROSE and on two of her favorite assignments, Pinkie and Babe.
1941, Two-year-old Pinkie is found during a violent storm on a dirt road in South Texas by a young oil heir as he drives the woman he loves and her brother to Mexico to save them from the lying accusations of his father’s second wife. Three years later, the child is stolen away to Argentina by an unscrupulous woman to use as bait in her fortune-telling business. Pinkie suffers from the malice of her captor but gains the fatherly love of a Buenos Aires circus owner and his fiancé. Before THE GOLD ROSE can rescue her, Pinkie’s life takes two more shocking twists.
1941, Babe, the child of Texas-based missionaries, is hidden with a Chinese Family during the Japanese invasion of mainland China. Her foster family meets with tragedy. Her second foster family forces her to live incognito as a boy to save her from the ruthless soldiers pouring into China from the North. Before being imprisoned, the grandfather of the family teaches Babe Yǒng Chūn in deepest secrecy. As the civil war escalates, the secret codes on the bottom of a wooden box send Babe on a dangerous quest for survival as she journeys alone through enemy territory toward the faintest hope of rescue.