Spunky Maddy McAllister, a twenty-one-year-old exchange student in Berlin, Germany, has a journalism career to launch.
Stalwart Katia Mahler, a sixty-year-old invalid from the former East Berlin, has a story to tell.
Enigmatic Oskar Schultmann brings together the journalist and the storyteller. Maddy’s task: to document Katia’s story.
Cultures and generations clash as the young American and the German
matron strive to understand each other’s present and past. Maddy learns
more than a personal history; Katia receives more than a memoir. And
always in the background is Oskar, who is drawn into the story in ways
he never intended.
Peek over the Berlin Wall as Katia’s story comes to life through the
scribbled notes of a girl struggling to grasp the significance of what
she has written for her own life as well as for future generations.