Vera Steiner lives through pogrom, poverty, epidemic--but how can she go on after she loses everything? In a time before anyone dares dream that love is a right, Vera pays for her deviance with lifelong loneliness. Yet this is not a throwback to the old doomed-lesbian novel. Vera finds a way to survive. Fifty years later, in an era of change, Vera's granddaughter Randy comes of age and comes out of the closet. Randy throws herself into the struggle to do away with secrecy and shame, never knowing her own grandmother's secret shame until it's too late.
Sweeping across the miles and over the years, this is a novel of the 20th century. This is a family saga. Most of all, this is Vera's story, and Randy's: a story about the human heart, and the unbreakable human will to love.