November 1972 It is 1950 and revolution has swept a country and has reached a mission station that cares for children. A new Communist government has taken over and there has been persecution of nuns and priests throughout the province. The mission has been cut off from the local village and the orphaned children have been removed. The British Consul and his wife visit the mission. A letter arrives from Mei Cheng, the governing General of the province, addressed to Sister Magdalen. This elderly Nun looked after Mei Cheng when he was an orphaned boy many years previously and is the General’s Godmother.
The central figure of this drama is the Reverend Mother, who is faced with making a formidable decision involving great personal risk to her nuns.