'I kill you in order that I may live. I kill you in order that I may possess. I kill you in order that I may be free of you.' Thus the protagonist Rosa muses on a bitter winter night, alone and confused, as she faces the most difficult decision of her young life. Are we, the characters ask, damned or are we capable of salvation? Can we exist in a world dominated by greed and envy? This is a book about the nature of evil, the struggle to live without fear and the search for love.