Hamma Zylberfajn was only six when they buried her beloved music teacher, Emil Schneier—who died mysteriously in Leipzig—not long after the revolution deposed the Soviet Empire. It was a time when her papa was always on the move, and they changed houses quicker than socks.
Her Papa Darius whisked them away from Leipzig without any explanation. And since that day, he had forced his family to wander around and witness a war-torn Eastern Europe. Darius was cruel with Hamma, and she was cut off from children her age. The girl became detached from her world and surroundings and became a difficult—if brash—child.
Now fourteen, Hamma is determined to discover what happened to Emil. She devises a plan to get her family and herself out of Crimea and back to the safety of Leipzig—a place that is full of alive memories. The years spent on her own have created a musical prodigy. Hamma’s talents have helped support her family. Now she plans to use them to start afresh and find out what happened to Emil in Leipzig all those years before. It’s the start of a great mystery and a nightmare.