When the Chornavka family emigrate to Ukraine and return to their family's roots, they are expecting to experience a Communist utopia of peace and prosperity. But Stalin's ruthless purge of the Ukrainian people shatters their lives.
Unable to return to Canada or America, the Chornavkas can only try to survive what millions of others cannot. Rising above the carnage and death, they find life, faith and hope once more. But their courage is tested yet again when Nazi Germany invades Russia and Ukraine.
Amidst the horrors of total war, with their family scattered over thousands of miles of blazing fields and burning villages, they still must find a way to fight back, to believe again, and to hang onto the one thing they refuse to allow human conflict to tear out of their hearts.