As a little girl Marianne Klein [born as Marika Roth] was a fugitive on the streets of her native Budapest while Nazis stormed the city, killing helpless Jews by the thousands. Without parents or friends, money or food, and living amidst suspicion and betrayal, somehow Marianne managed to survive, with only her courage and sheer determination to guide her. She vowed that someday, somehow, she would go to America—the shining land of opportunity.
As a teenager she immigrated to Canada, where further obstacles awaited her: a forced marriage, an abusive husband, a desperate struggle to hang on to her two young children, and always the threat of hunger and poverty.
Yet somehow Marianne found a way. She went to school; she became a dance instructor and a fashion model; she held her little family together; she finally made it to America where, at long last, true love awaited her. And always—no matter the obstacles—she had hope, courage, and faith to sustain her. This is the story of an indomitable spirit, the memoir of a woman who held onto her dignity and her unwavering belief in herself against seemingly impossible odds. It is a story you will never forget.