1922. Young Zoe Haggitiris is forced to flee with her family during the Turkish invasion of Smyrna. When tragedy strikes in the midst of their escape, Zoe is found floating alone in the icy waters and is rescued by a passing ship. Caught up in a sea of desperate refugees, her life is touched by an English boy, Tom Collyer, before the compassion of a stranger leads her into a new life.
1941, Greece. In the chaos of the British retreat, Tom and Zoe are briefly reunited before fate cruelly separates them once more. Tom will discover that the war will not end so easily for either of them and, if they can find their way back to each other, that nothing will ever be the same. `[A] stunning novel ... With unshowy, but beautiful prose, Kazan makes us believe entirely in his two protagonists. ... This is the novel I will be pressing on family and friends over the summer.' - The Times
The Black Earth