This book tke place in the 1880's. Buffalo soldiers are an all African-American unit. This paticular story is about a platoon that are outcasts and misfits from the rest of the unit and have to prove themselves.
The story of four young men in early 20th century Vienna, chronicling their encounters with the growing radicalism and anti-Semitism of the city as well as their immersion in the intellectual and cultural ferment of the time.
A writer by the name of Montgomery Gerren travels to Munich, Germany seeking inspiration. He learns of the Nazi Party's crimes, and writes a story about them. Later he is condemned to Germany to be killed.