• Hang receives a telegram from her uncle in Moscow.
• Hang's uncle is sick and requests that she visit him.
• Hang, who is sick herself, feels obligated to go.
• Hang reveals some of her family history.
• She was raised by her mother in a shack in Hanoi.
• Her grandparents died young; Hang's mother stayed in the village while her brother joined the anti-French resistance movement with a relative.
• Hang grew up as a fatherless child.
• She describes when she first learned about her father when she was almost ten years old.
• Hang's mother describes her life growing up lonely in her father's house.
• Hang meets the handsome Ton and they are married quickly--sooner than traditional mourning periods allow.
• Chinh returns to their village, but is hostile towards Ton.
• Ton's mother and sister are denounced by the village.
• Ton's mother falls ill and dies.
• Ton escapes the village...
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