Anita is born in the worst village of the former Soviet Union, yet she is convinced she is a special child because an old dying woman prophesies to her that she will be an important person. Anita's father, a farmer, is the only person who is not impressed by the prophecy, and Anita does not like that. She prays for a better father. As she grows up, she notices one thing about him that annoys her the most--his teeth, which "bore the mildew's bloom." She is embarrassed by him. It gets worse when Anita is in college. She does not even want to admit that she is the farmer's daughter and convinces herself that she is not special to him. Only when she is about to leave her country forever does she realize that her father always loved her, and that she was special to him.