Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Elenya is only twelve and is having a hard enough time adjusting to her wartime life in rural Wales with her aunt, whom she came to live with after her father went off to fight. She is already an outsider, half-Italian, with a mother she has never known. As a result, she is ridiculed and shunned at school. Usually, she copes with her shunned status by retreating into the woods and into her own fantasy life. However, one day during her walks she stumbles upon a wounded German airman who is hiding there. He speaks no English, and she speaks no German, but they immediately become buddies, and it never occurs to her to hand him over to the authorities. Instead, she does what she can to supply him with food and clothing until her activities are discovered. Years later, in the present (1990s), the middle-aged Elenya recalls those events.