The daughter of an ambitious medical family, Helen Jeffers appears to have it all: wealth, looks, a warm heart and a successful career.
But not successful enough for her demanding parents.
She is a young woman under pressure: like them, she blames herself for her brother's death; life in Boston is tormented and claustrophobic.
The 9/11 attack offers the chance to escape. She joins a US Army medical unit and is sent to Iraq as a theatre sister in war torn Baghdad.
There she falls for Stephen Vernon, a British surgeon, and they begin a passionate affair, until she discovers he already has a wife and children. Unable to trust her feelings, she seeks a transfer to Afghanistan.
Stephen follows her and convinces her of his love. As they travel through bandit country, their ambulance is destroyed by a roadside bomb.
He dies; she survives but falls into the hands of the Taliban.
Rescued by an Afghan doctor, she is compelled to spend a winter in hiding, masquerading as an Afghan woman, an experience that will change her life.
When she finally returns to the United States, a hero, her `captivity' is exposed and she faces trial, disgrace and death threats.
She flees back to Afghanistan, determined to begin a new life.
Can she, even there escape the past? Has she stopped running too late?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Troubador Publishing
- Publication Date: 28/04/2018
- Category: War & combat fiction
- ISBN: 9781788039024