A young girl dreams at the seaside in communist Romania and slowly discovers that, like the sand, sun, and sea, life is complex and paradoxical-it is both ugly and beautiful, harsh and merciful, absurd and meaningful, ominous and promising. Though surrounded by a hardworking family in the countrysideand fellow friends and students at school, Marinela ploughs through life in many ways alone.
Even as a child, she refuses to harness approval, applause, and success at the expense of personality, dignity, and faith. She is a beautiful flower-gentle yet strong-growing in conditions and circumstances that seem to be working against her. But the faithful divine hand provides her with just enough glimmers of hope to help her along in her journey. Her life story is one of discovering the unfailing love and benevolent character of God and learning how to walk through life hand in hand with Him.
Marinela experiences the joys and triumphs that come with a powerful newfound faith. She undergoes all kinds of trials, ones that will have you praying, arguing, and even running for your life along with her as you read. Many times Marinela truly appears to be alone in the midst of undue and unjust opposition, and ironically, it is at those times that you will see that she is indeed being carried by God and His mighty army. You will see her faith grow from infancy to maturity, and no matter where you are in your journey with God, you will find yourself somewhere in the pages of this book.