As the Second World War progresses and the Japanese Army edges ever closer to Singapore, mass evacuation seems inevitable. Ten-year-old Sylvie Sambuck is heartbroken – Singapore is the only home she’s ever known. So, when her mother and young brother board a ship leaving the island, Sylive slips away, seeking refuge with her old governess, Virginia Chen.
Sylvie’s presence puts Virginia and her Chinese family constantly at risk and it seems increasingly unlikely they’ll escape the Japanese internment camps, where the beautiful Virginia must pay the ultimate price for her beloved Sylvie.
A vibrant, heart-stopping tale of friendship, love and laughter through the deprivation and hardship of war.