This story is primarily the story of an antique violin, and the people who love it. Owned by the rich Horowitz family in Berlin, it is taken from their Jewish family when the men are sent to Dachau and the women direct to Auschwitz. From there it is taken by a Russian who treasures it and passes along their family line.
At a 2008 competition, a young Simon Horowitz grandson of the original owner is struggling with his desire to carry on playing baseball with his friends, and not wanting to continue to be a musical prodigy, when he gets to play on the priceless violin.
I found the book a bit of a slow starter, but once in it I enjoyed the stories of all the characters, and how they all came together at the end. 4/5