From the moment Marija walks into Lara's classroom, freshly moved to Serbia from Sarajevo, Lara is enchanted by her vibrant beauty, confidence, and wild energy - and knows that the two are destined to be lifelong friends. Closer than sisters, the girls share everything, from stolen fruit and Hollywood movies as girls to philosophies and even lovers as young women. But when the Bosnian War pits their homelands against each other in a bloodbath, Lara and Marija are forced to separate for the first time.
Mona Maria Manoliu's story begins in 1977, in a village at the foot of the Carpathian mountains in Ceausescu's Romania. She is 17 and madly in love with a mysterious, handsome boy called Mihai.