Over the years, Stefan Zweig's short novels have been repeatedly published in various types of collections. He himself compiled three collections in which he presented his works on a thematic basis. The first one, "Burning Secret"(1911), with the original title, "The First Experience. Four Novels from the World of Childhood", includes works dedicated to maturation and first love thrills.
A suave baron takes a fancy to twelve-year-old Edgar's mother, while the three are holidaying in an Austrian mountain resort. His initial advances rejected, the baron befriends Edgar in order to get closer to the woman he desires. The initially unsuspecting child soon senses something is amiss, but has no idea of the burning secret that is driving the affair, and that will soon change his life for ever.