After her childhood friend, Lucia is found beaten, an apparent victim of domestic violence, Cathy, a high school teacher, takes Lucia’s daughter, Angie, into her class and home. This arrangement causes conflict between Cathy, her live-in boyfriend who is involved in federal politics, and her colleagues at school. Revelations of corruption and links to the Montreal Mafia are brought to the attention of the Montreal tabloids by a journalist with whom Cathy has had a problematic relationship since her teens when she solicited his help as a writing mentor. Cathy is determined to help the troubled Angie, and through her connect the village stories of the past with the ongoing drama into a novel, thus giving the silenced women a voice through her writing. This novel is as much about the writing of the immigrant experience as it is about living it.