Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman who has been arrested
for murdering her Danish fiancé, escapes police custody on her way to an
interrogation in Copenhagen’s police headquarters. It isn’t the first time
Natasha has lost a partner to violent ends: her first husband was also
murdered three years earlier, in Kiev, and in the same manner, his hands
broken. At the same time, someone tries to abduct Natasha’s eight-year-old
daughter from the Red Cross center that has been caring for her while her
mother, an illegal immigrant, was in jail.
Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg has been following
Natasha’s case for several years now, since Natasha first took refuge at a
crisis center where Nina works. Nina, who had tried to help Natasha leave her
abusive Danish fiancé more than once, just can’t see the young Ukrainian mother
as a vicious killer. But in her effort to protect Natasha’s daughter and
discover the truth, Nina realizes there is much she doesn’t know about this
woman and her past. The mystery has long and bloody roots, going back to a
terrible famine that devastated Stalinist Ukraine in 1934.
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