The upshot of the dilemma between sacrifice and desire? - It's not betraying your destiny but creating it The novel explores issues besetting contemporary Moldova. Its plot rests on modern topics such as economic migration, the East/West culture-clash, the sexual exploitation of East European women and the role of local religion - which has a penchant for the sensational - in the psychological makeup of these victims. The book is given life and flavour by the tumultuous human stories which form the pulsating heartbeat of the novel. Perhaps sometimes the devil you know is more dangerous than the one you don't.