Even when Russia is thrown into political turmoil and economic hardships, from food shortages and long grocery lines to exorbitant prices and late-night monetary reforms, Anya believes that love will persevere.
Then, life takes an unexpected turn, and Anya has to face deceit, betrayal, and humiliation from the person closest to her.
As Anya struggles to regain control of her life, she finds herself in a small northern town on a Soviet submarine base where she is faced with the new challenges she could not have imagined.
The events in that town test Anya’s passion for life, her ability to love, and change who she is in fundamental ways.
Anya’s story, with its loves and tragedies, is played out against the background of the Gorbachev years and the collapse of communism.
The disintegration of the old Soviet system is mirrored in Anya's own life as her sense of security is threatened by the precariousness of everyday existence in a crumbling state and by the shocks in her own love life.