In late March 1944, as Stalinâ€™s forces push into Ukraine, young Emil and Adeline Martel must make a terrible decision: Do they wait for the Soviet bearâ€™s intrusion and risk being sent to Siberia? Or do they reluctantly follow the wolvesâ€”murderous Nazi officers who have pledged to protect â€œpure-bloodâ€ Germans? The Martels are one of many families of German heritage whose ancestors have farmed in Ukraine for more than a century. But after already living under Stalinâ€™s horrifying regime, Emil and Adeline decide they must run in retreat from their land with the wolves they despise to escape the Soviets and go in search of freedom. Caught between two warring forces and overcoming horrific trials to pursue their hope of immigrating to the West, the Martelsâ€™ story is a brutal, complex, and ultimately triumphant tale that illuminates the extraordinary power of love, faith, and one familyâ€™s incredible will to survive and see their dreams realized.
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