In the spring of 1975, Ben Friedman will celebrate his right of passage into adulthood. When his beloved grandfather suddenly dies and leaves him a mysterious ingeritance, Ben begins to discover who he is and where he belongs. When he chooses a path his powerful father opposes, their relationship becomes volatile. Will Ben withstand the pressure?
In 1914, Dovid Weisman, Ben's great grandfather, struggles to protect his family when Germany declares war on Russia and the brutal Cossacks occupy his village of Siedlce, Poland. He finds that love and opportunity are still possible if they can escape with their lives.
Slipping between war torn Poland and modern American life, one family's story is woven together across three generartions.