During World War II, when the Communists invade Lithuania, twenty-one year old Edvardas flees while his eighteen-year old brother Pranas stays. At war's end, each brother marries and raises a family, one in the free West, the other in the Communist East. For forty years, a harsh separation lies between them, a no man's land of love, envy, and guilt. When the two brothers and their grown children finally meet, first in Lithuania, then in Canada, they reach out to one another. Craving connection and forgiveness, they discover a territory that divides as much as it unites. The Embrace tells the story of two families, separated by politics and war, but fiercely tied to the past and to each other.