Would you be willing to devote eight years of work in a labor camp for mere political recognition? Faced with this question, the average Jane Doe or American would answer no. However, Zebra Wong jumped at the opportunity. We can assume that Zebra is no Jane Doe neither is she American. In fact, Zebra Wong is the absolute opposite. Under influence of the Communist Party, Zebra Wong and her family sacrificed their lives to glorify their "god," Mao Zedong. Years later, Mao's plans for China had failed. The people of China asked themselves why, when they had worked so hard, were suddenly so miserable? Zebra lost her faith in Mao and decided to end her work. Unfortunately, Zebra was not permitted to leave the labor camp. Can you imagine "slaving" for eight years against your own will? For Zebra, she dreaded every moment. "My education from age seven to eighteen was spent learning to be an honest Communist." Not up till the age of twenty-nine did Zebra enroll in a special English program. At school, an American teaches English to Zebra and her Chinese classmates. Her name is Katherine. "Like an evening star, she appeared quietly in our lives, in complete harmony, and before we realized it, she was installed above our heads" is how author Anchee Min described Katherine. Her existence was overwhelming, bringing 'a story of the western world' with her. In return, Zebra and her classmates exchange their tales with Katherine. Katherine became Zebra's confidant. Through time, Zebra learned to repress her past. A friendship begins; Zebra discovers a world of acceptance despite the unexpected consequences and misfortunes.