Separated from Daniel by half a continent and possibly death, Luise must create a life for herself in Shumanovka, across the river from China.
Her dreams of Daniel convince her to continue praying even though everyone believes she is deceiving herself. Are her prayers in vain? Somewhere in an isolated Khanty camp, an unknown man awakes with little memory of his past, and yet there are those who know him. Stalin’s reign of terror reaches the farthest corners of his republic, but he cannot reign in the hearts of the faithful.