The great events in life: World War I, the Asia Minor Disaster, World War II, the Civil War, affect the regularity of people’s lives under the deforming pressure of violence. Under these terrible conditions, each person’s stand is tested according to their personal reserves of endurance and sang-froid. Ideological opposition gives everyone a pretext, and an unexpected opportunity, to claim either life or death. Between the book’s twin siblings, Constantinos and Hiona, a man wanted by the authorities (who finds refuge in their house during the Civil War) appears as a catalyst, forcing them to see their sheltered existence as it truly is. Greece, torn apart by fratricidal war, is pictured with tenderness, humanity and a careful description of the conditions of that time.