Egor, in his late 20’s, prepares to embark on a whirlwind journey that will see him traveling halfway across the world to see his family for the first time in over 23 years, including a reunion with his estranged Father Alik that his Mother Alena did her best to take him away from. She practically kidnaps Egor from Alik all those years ago. Seated on the plane as it prepares to take off, Egor begins to reminiscence his childhood. From the day he was born in Soviet Ukraine, a big family surrounded him. Along the way, he and other family members from his mother’s side recount their struggles in fleeing the former USSR as refugees, after Chernobyl catastrophe struck in 1986. Constantly in transit, Egor’s family have found themselves at most turbulent time in history – the late 1980’s, as the family goes through refugee processes in Austria, next - in Italy, where they’re facing hardships, and on the way injustice. After almost a year of being in constant transit, Egor’s family finally arrive in Australia. There in a foreign land - ‘down under’ Egor and his family have started a new life from scratch.
The story focuses on a boy Egor's live after his mother divorced his estranged father and takes him away from 23 years ago. Then along the way, Egor's family struggled in fleeing the USSR, as refugees--after Chernobyl catastrophe has struck in 1986. Constantly in transit, Egor's family and he have found themselves at the turbulent time in history in the late 1980's.
Anastasia was born as Asya Leonidovna Shmaryan on April 17, 1959. She grew up in a town at the Eastern part of Ukraine. It was during her teenage years that she began fascination with literature, especially poetry. Inspired by variety of books by russian and international writers, which she read, Anastasia dreamed on one day becoming a writer. However, she could not fulfill that dream, given her family insisted that she must go to university and get a ‘real’ profession. Anastasia has only returned to writing in 2006, decades after she last laid pen to paper. Her writing is mainly inspired and influenced by stories of hardship, and survival. She is a passionate writer, whose creative vision is matched by her great storytelling ability. What sets Asya apart from most of those other writers is that she writes in both English and Russian. To date, she has written countless poems and screenplays, a theatrical play, as well as novels. Anastasia has been living in Australia for the past 23 years.