Kamila is the apple of her parents’ eye: a brilliant student with a quick wit who wanted to change the world with science and technology. She had a future — but overnight, it vanishes. All her goals, all her plans, and everything she hopes to become are taken hostage when a new government takes power and her university becomes a target of surveillance. Suddenly the past leaps forward into the present, as every horror story her family has ever told her about the bad old days comes true. It’s as though she is living in another century. Cut off from friends, from work, from education, Kamila must make a terrible choice: abandon everything she’s ever known and pursue her goals without the love that has made her success possible, or stay behind and live the small life that her family sacrificed everything to protect her from.