This is a story of the life and struggle of an Armenian family from 1913 to 1915 in the city of Van in Ottoman Turkey. It's about an Armenian family that had to leave their ancestral home behind in Van and move to Eastern Armenia. This was due to massive killings and deportation of the Armenian population by the Turkish Government from 1915 to 1922. Hundreds and thousands of families had a similar destiny.
Some of the names in the story are changed, but most of the characters are based on real people. In the story are the recollections of Lianoush whose real name was Heranoush - a 13-year-old child who managed to survive the atrocities and lived for 13 years in concentration camps. In later years Heranoush lived surrounded by her family to whom she told many stories described in this book. Heranoush Beglarian was the grandmother and the great-grandmother of the authors of this book.