Code Name Lily

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Julien Ayotte

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Code Name Lily takes you on an unforgettable journey from Belgium, into France, and over the Pyrenees mountains into Spain, where an extremely clever and persuasive young Belgian nurse outsmarts the Nazis time and again, risking her life if she is caught, but protecting every airman along the way.


Drama,Action,Adventure,War,Historical Fiction,Suspense/Thriller,Romance

Short Summary

As a young and innocent nurse of 22, Micheline "Michou" Dumon-Ugeux, thinks very little about WWII until her parents and sister are arrested for being members of the Comet Line escape network in Brussels. She becomes a legend in the escape line as she personally saved over 250 downed airmen.

Years after the war ended, Lily, as she was called in the Comet Line, was honored as a heroine by Harry Truman, King George of England, and King Leopold III of Belgium. She died in November, 2017 at age 96 in Saint-Siffret. France. The story ends with what happened to her Comet Line comrades.


Brussels, Paris, southern France, Pyrenees Mountains, cities in the U.S.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Rebellion Against 'The One',Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Micheline "Michou" Dumon-Ugeux, code named Lily

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Heroic,Honorable,Patriotic,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Romantic,Secretive,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Gerard Papineau

Age: 20

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Charming,Faithful,Gracious,Heroic,Underdog,Patriotic,Romantic,Honorable,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Jacque De Soubrie

Age: thirties

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Villainous,Power Hungry,Blunt,Narcisstic,Secretive,Greedy,Unapologetic,Sarcastic,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: too many to list, but think Schindler's List tribute at the end

Age: various

Gender: Other

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Confident,Decisive,Faithful,Underdog,Patriotic,Selfless,Skillful,Heroic,Visionary,Secretive,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code

Development Pitch

A historical fiction about the true life story of a young Belgian nurse, who successfully became a key leader in the Comet Line escape network during World War II. Known only by her code name of Lily, she cleverly and persuasively eludes the Nazis in aiding over 250 downed Allied airmen to escape the Germans from Brussels, Belgium, into France, and southward over the Pyrenees mountains into Spain and freedom. The relationships with downed airmen, the encounters with German agents infiltrating the escape line, and the calmness and determination of Lily, all add up to countless brushes with the Germans for over two years. But Lily is never caught. Follow us on the true story of Micheline "Michou" Dumon-Ugeux, a twenty-two year old who stood just five feet tall, but was a giant of a woman, a real heroine in the Belgian resistance. The story is ripe for a major film production or television mini-series, but even better suited for a multi-season presentation on public television's Masterpiece. The remembrance group for the Comet Line continues to meet each year in Brussels to pay tribute to the memory of former members and their contribution to the safety of downed Allied airmen during World War II. Even though the war ended over seventy-five years ago, we can never forget what Lily and the Comet Line did to free Belgium from Nazi oppression. Lily is my latest in a line of strong female characters. The only difference this time is that she is real.

About The Author

Julien Ayotte is the author of six novels, including his first historical fiction, Code Name Lily, which was based on a true story, and continues to receive high praise from several WWII museums. He is soon to release his seventh novel.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: KDP Publishing

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available