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Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920. From the start, her life is marked by extraordinary events, for the ripples of the Great War are still being felt, even as the Spanish flu arrives on the shores of her homeland almost at the moment of her birth. Through her father's prescience, the family will come through that crisis unscathed, only to lose everything and are forced to retreat to a wild, remote part of the country. She tells her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves, recounting times of devastating heartbreak and passionate affairs, poverty and wealth, terrible loss and immense joy.