When the Chaimovitch family fled the Russian pogroms at the turn of the twentieth century, they did so hoping their family could flourish in the land of their ancestors. Twenty years later, those dreams culminate when they send their youngest son and only Palestinian-born child, Mati, off to attend an American college. But the difficulties of their old lives in Russian are harder to shake than they thought. The rumblings of World War II have begun. Anti-Jewish violence reminiscent of the pogroms they fled erupts, claiming the life of their second-oldest son, Gidon. Mati returns home, bringing with him his new American Jewish bride Dena, to help his family deal with the sudden tragedy. Bridging the generations, and the old and new worlds, the Chaimovitch family will confront together the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust, ultimately leading to the triumphs and trials surrounding the creation of the Jewish state of Israel.