College student KT Cantori has always considered her
family somewhat ordinary. While she knows that they
originally emigrated from Germany, the young woman
has no idea of the sacrifices they made and the
dangers and prejudice they faced. Then KT discovers
the diary of her great-great- grandmother, and it all
comes to light.
In the late 1800s, Kati Scheu Krieger arrives in New
York City with nothing. She has no one to help her adjust to a new country or save her from the
devastating situation in which she finds herself. When
the father of her child deserts her, Kati is left to build a
new life for herself and the baby in Hell’s Kitchen.
As KT delves deeper into Kati’s story, another voice
emerges, that of Cara, Kati’s granddaughter—KT’s
grandmother—who translated Kati’s journal into
English. Cara Maurer has her own struggles, and her
uncertainties, as well as her triumphs, are reflected in
the historical notes she adds throughout the journal.
As she listens to these two amazing women speaking
to her across time, KT finally finds the strength she
needs to fight the coming battles in her own life.
“Got u in my crosshairs. Wach ur back.”
Only days after assisting in the apprehension of the college boy who caused the death of her best friend, KT Cantori receives this threatening message on her cell phone. Is it just a meaningless threat from one of the felon’s friends? Or could it be more sinister and deadly?
The police are powerless to find the sender. There is no way they can offer her guaranteed protection. KT hides away through the intercession of a sympathetic policewoman. In her new environment, she is exposed to a world of struggle and hardscrabble existence from which her privileged life has previously sheltered her.
KT finds strength to grow and become a proponent for change and justice. The inspirations that continue to be supplied by her great-great-grandmother’s diary and the dedication of a young policeman whose apartment she shares lead her along her way.
KT emerges with purpose and identity she had lacked in her life as a happy-go-lucky, partying college undergrad.
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