When Stalina Folskaya flees her native Russia after the fall
of the Soviet Union, she sets out for America with her dreams, and her painful
past, firmly in tow. A trained chemist in Russia but disillusioned by her
prospects in the United States, she becomes a maid at the Liberty, a
“short-stay” motel on the outskirts of Hartford, Connecticut.
But even at the Liberty gutsy Stalina sees opportunity,
convincing the owner to let her transform the motel into a fantasy destination.
Business skyrockets and the American dream is within her sights, but she cannot
escape the ghosts she left behind in St. Petersburg. Obsessed with avenging her
family while also longing for a new life, Stalina must choose between the
obligations of the past and her hopes for the future.
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