She was born in Chicago -- and she married a Polish musician with whom she had studied to Poland. Then came the war -- and his death- and her son's disappearance with the defeated rmies and her own unexplained capture and deportation, across the vast stretches of Russia to a desolate prison camp in Shierla, all because she had no passport. This is the grim and ring story of her months of exile, of her life intertwined with all types of Poles, men and women, whose courage and faith survived even the petty ruelties of the captors. There is a spiritual quality in the tale, a tribute to the goal of freedom for which they had suffered. Lilian Mowrer, author of Journalist's Wife makes Kochansks""s story read like fiction.