In the 1970s, on a backpacking adventure to Europe, Alma discovers her cousins in her grandfather's hometown in northern Italy near Lake Garda. As Alma bonds with Gianna, Catrina, Novella, Veronica and Kara, the girls become lasting friends, sharing their joys and sorrows with each other on their journey through life. Over 40 years, passing into adulthood and through middle age, their unbreakable bond sustains them. While sharing their cultures and testing the limits of their endurance, they experience life's lessons along the way. As Alma travels on her journey of discovery, she learns the meaning of family, friendship, love, courage and survival. In discovering her heritage, will she ever find herself? It's a great read for those who enjoy stories of strong women, traveling, friendship, family.