With her Mama's gold chain and her Papa's tallis, Rifka is put on a train to Antwerp, Belgium. She was put with a old couple named Gaston and Marie. On her 13th birthday, Rifka secretly had a metzvah in her bedroom. Her hair is gone, and she feels that she is very ugly. She is recieving treatment, and it is not as bad as she feared. Sister Katrina is in charge of Rifka and she also teaches Rifka Flemish. Even though things are going well for her, Rifka still misses her family.