Opening in 1939 Transylvania, five-year-old Josef
witnesses the murder of his family by the Romanian Iron Guard and is rescued by
a Gentile maid to be raised as her own son. Five years later, Josef rescues a
young girl, Mila, after her parents are killed while running to meet the Rebbe
they hoped would save them. Josef helps Mila reach Zalman Stern, a leader in
the Satmar community, in whose home Mila is raised as a sister to Zalman’s
daughter, Atara. As the two girls mature, Mila’s faith intensifies, while her
beloved sister Atara discovers a world of books and learning that she cannot
ignore. With the rise of communism in central Europe, the family moves to
Paris, to the Marais, where Zalman tries to raise his children apart from the
city in which they live.
When the two girls come of age, Mila marries within
the faith, while Atara continues to question fundamentalist doctrine. The
different choices the two sisters makes force them apart until a dangerous
secret threatens to banish them from the only community they’ve ever known. Download and start listening now!