Writer Olivia Ozanne is on holiday in Moscow, visiting her journalist daughter, Caitlin, when she meets a Russian man named Volodya. He falls in love only with foreign women, and he quickly wins Olivia’s affections with his mysterious, elegant sensuality.
But it is his two elderly roommates, the Brown and the Grey Aunties, that prove the most interesting to Olivia. The Aunties' tale, which stretches back to the Russian Revolution, truly shows the strength of the human bond we call love. The two women gave up the peacefulness of their everyday lives in order to stay together in Moscow, in spite of the risks.
Olivia is determined to write their story, to let the world know of their devotion to one another, and to help them in any way she can.