|Synopsis:||April in Paris, and love is in the air. But so are death and destruction. It is 1944, and Europe still lies prostrate beneath the jackboots of Nazi Germany. The Allies have yet to land for D-Day, but from the very beginning of World War II, the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) has had agents behind enemy lines, gathering information, sabotaging railways, and carrying out guerilla attacks. Its people come from all walks of life, but Denis Rake, defiantly gay in an era when homosexuality is a criminal offense, is one in a million.|
Given away by his opera-singing mother to a traveling circus when he was but three years old, Rake is both literally and figuratively an expert at walking a tightrope in a society that condemns his lifestyle. Yet when war breaks out, he is determined to serve his country, even if his country doesn’t particularly want him to. A successful London actor, he knows more than most that all the world’s a stage, and when his theatre connections bring him to the attention of the SOE, it is not long before he is sent off to play on the greatest stage of all: Occupied Europe. Posing as the female chanteuse L’Hirondelle by night, working as a man with American OSS officer Virginia Hall by day, Rake’s life is dangerous enough as he helps prepare for the coming Allied invasion, but when Max Halder, a gay German officer, falls for him, the stakes soar even higher.
Inspired by the real-life wartime service of Denis Rake, Virginia Hall, and Max Halder, RAKE explores whether homosexuals do indeed have the “right stuff” for military service, and whether human beings—gay or straight—should give all for country . . . or for love.