In a snow-covered village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches as her father is abducted by Russian soldiers. Their neighbor Akhmed takes Havaa to the bombed-out hospital of Sonja Rabina. Sonja has no desire to take on more responsibility and risk -- there's someone of her own whose return she doesn't want to jeopardize. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja's world will shift on its axis.
"While working as a costuming assistant on a docudrama, Allie Kirkland has discovered strange connections between herself and a teacher who disappeared a century ago in the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood. Is history about to repeat itself?"-- Provided by publisher.