Virginia May grew up in post-WWII England, raised by a single mother. Unable to pay for travel abroad, she went to work in Switzerland to learn about a wider world she did not know. This book describes that sixties trip, a transforming experience which she wrote about ten years later.
The book chronicles her day to day life in an isolated mountain community, working sixteen hours a day with multinational staff.
Virginia went on to study History at the University of London, had a media career in newspapers and television, married, and then emigrated with her husband, mother and children to Calgary in the 1970s. In Calgary she returned to university to study law and chose to practice as a barrister.