"Exile after exile has taught us to love things that are small. Things that can be concealed or carried, and to love words and stories most of all." Spain, 1492, The Reconquest, the journey of Columbus, the Inquisition. Esther and her daughters Chava and Sarah are part of a prominent family with close ties to the royal court. But then the Inquisition gains force, the Edict of Expulsion is made law and Spain's Jewish community.is ordered to convert or face exile. There is only a short time to decide whether to relinquish their home and all they have known or stay and forsake everything they believe.