Cordelia is disabled and painfully shy, but none of that matters when a stranger desperately needs her help. Shaken out of a routine that centers on caring for her odd family in Warsaw—her father is an academic with no life skills, her brother never leaves the villa, and her mother has dementia—she is forced to act.
Zaremba, a wealthy businessman, is fleeing arrest when he stops to save her father's life. He claims to be innocent and wants a favor as he seeks to turn the tables on the authorities. Cordelia is grateful but wary. Is he truly being persecuted or is he deceiving her? Her reluctant agreement to aid him plunges her into new realms of emotion. It is when he disappears, however, that she must gather all her courage and pursue the truth.