On an oil tanker approaching New York harbor, twenty-six days before the hanging, thirty-four refugees huddle together in the backup engine room. They are sneaking into the country in hopes of a better life.
them are headed to Camden, where immigration police don't bother to go. Except
Fatima Espérer—she's dreamed of going to New York City, and that's where she'll
long shot, but she hasn't gotten this far without hoping for the impossible. Heck,
even the last name she chose—Espérer—means hope in French.
biggest dream is to visit the Statue of Liberty. She knows it's a tourist trap,
but she wants to see it up close.
gets off the boat, she can see Lady Liberty off in the distance; even if that's
all she sees, she knows her trip will be worth it.
everyone feels the same way, though, and another woman claims if this is all
she sees, she wants her $2500 back. That's how much each refugee paid to get to