Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia never forgot this maternal act of
betrayal. Now in middle age, as Sophia examines her troubled relationship with Helen, she
discovers the story behind Helen’s miraculous wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, her
subsequent survival against the odds and the truth about an historic betrayal involving
Stalin and the Allies. With Helen sliding into dementia, Sophia must confront her own
demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it
in her heart to forgive her? And is it too late?