Sarah and Jennifer are best friends in the politically charged 1980s. With Cold War rhetoric reaching a fever pitch in 1982, the ten-year-old girls write letters to Soviet premier. Jenny's letter receives a response, and Sarah is left behind when her friend accepts the Kremlin's invitation to visit the USSR and becomes an international media sensation. The girls' icy relationship still hasn't thawed when Jenny and her parents die tragically in a plane crash in 1985. Ten years later, Sarah is about to graduate from college when she receives a mysterious letter from Moscow suggesting that Jenny's death might have been a hoax.