Julia, a young widow with two small children, is expelled from her Sudetenland home in post-WWII reprisals by the Czechs. Barely able to survive in refugee camps, Julia struggles to take care of her family. Resettled in southern Germany, she marries again. Her new husband, Karl, is a difficult but tenacious man, and life is hard. A letter from Canada offers Julia another chance at happiness. Michael, her first love from twenty years earlier, has found her through the Red Cross. He invites her to come to Canada. Will Julia uproot her life once again? Will running to Michael be the solution to her problems? And what about Karl?