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A novel on 16th century Jews who escaped the Spanish Inquisition by converting to Christianity. It is told through the eyes of two New York sisters, researching their roots in Europe to please their dying grandmother. In the process, the women discover their heritage and each finds love with a man.
"Emilia, a Polish widow and her ailing mother manage to eke out a living, and it is while she has a rare moment for her only enjoyment - painting - that she meets Norman, an American soldier involved in war-crime investigations. both their lives have been disrupted by the war. Norman has seen too much to be able to return home easily but he feels he has found a woman who could be his partner for life, although hthey have no common language and can...