This sweeping family saga spans from the turmoil of Atlanta during the Civil Rights Movement through the struggle for reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda. At the heart of this story that crosses racial and cultural boundaries is the search for personal peace and tikkun olam.
Lillian Carlson left Atlanta in 1967, disillusioned and heartbroken, after the assassination of Martin Luther King. She found meaning teaching orphaned children and cobbled together a small orphanage in the shadow of Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains. Three decades later, in Manhattan, Rachel Shepherd, lost and heartbroken herself, wants to find the father who abandoned her as a child. When an online search turns up a clue to Henry Shepherd’s whereabouts, Rachel travels to Rwanda to connect with his unsuspecting and uncooperative second wife: Lillian.
While Rachel tries to solve the mystery of her father’s whereabouts, she and Lillian find common ground helping Nadine, a young Tutsi woman who must face the horrors of her past. Set amongst the still-tender wounds of a healing country, follow the intertwining stories of three women who discover something unexpected: grace when there can be no forgiveness.