Jane Evelyn Atwood, whose interest in people living on the margins is well known, followed one of them for several months in 2007.
Coming from Ukraine on a tourist visa, Darya works in Bolzano, in the home of four elderly and physically diminished sisters. From morning to night, she takes care of them – care, hygiene, washing, meals – but also of the house, shopping and cleaning.
Once a year, sometimes twice, Darya returns to her village in Ukraine, where her husband, Igor, and her two daughters, aged about 20, are waiting for her. The reunions are moving, but each trip reveals a little more the gap between Darya and her family.
The money Darya sends home transforms the house and greatly improves her family’s standard of living as they turn to consumer society, while Darya lives sparsely in Italy and seems to have other values. What will happen when she retires and returns home?