Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin live near one another – yet they exist worlds apart. Rami is Israeli. Bassam is Palestinian. Both men have lost their daughters. Rami's thirteen-year-old girl Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber. Bassam's ten-year-old daughter Abir was shot and killed by a member of the border police outside her school. There was a candy bracelet in her pocket she hadn't had time to eat yet. The men become the best of friends...
Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of the First World War to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. Among the letters being carried on the aircraft is one which will not be opened for almost a hundred years.
Zoli, a young Roma girl living in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s, suffers at the hands of fascists and later under the Nazis. She then becomes a singer, and unusually for a Roma, teaches herself to read and write. Following the publication of her work, the government tries to use her to help ‘settle’ gypsies and her community condemns her.