"I'm ready, but I'm overcome with sadness. Mama hugs us and kisses us: 'Goodbye, children! Go, and don't look back . . . '"
With these last words from their mother, two little girls, Marguerite and her older sister, Henriette, start on a long and wandering journey that will last three years. Given new identities, they must forget everything about their former, familiar lives. Taken from farms to convents, they learn how to remain silent, to pretend, to lie in order to survive, to adapt repeatedly to new environments. Through it all, they manage to keep their hopes alive. This story, beautifully illustrated by Marguerite Élias Quddus, tugs at our hearts and allows us a remarkable insight into history through the eyes of a very young child.