As a young student visiting East Timor in the early 1990s, Kirsty Sword found herself deeply moved by the people she met and the stories she heard, and before long she found herself a passionate advocate of Timorese independence. Over the next decade, working as an undercover activist, Kirsty became an increasingly valuable operative within the East Timorese independence movement.
In 1994 her work brought her into contact with the jailed leader of the resistance movement, the charismatic Xanana Gusmao. Through their letters, smuggled in and out his prison, they fell in love. It was not until the fall of President Suharto and Xanana's subsequent release from prison that Kirsty was finally reunited with the revered independence leader.
This is her compulsively readable story of an incredible love affair, and the passion and courage it takes to free a nation.