At age 15, Ilona Davydova's family immigrated to the United States. Davydova left behind her home, her language, her culture, and her ideals. In her endless search for herself in this new capitalist world, she faced countless struggles. In 1989, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the author returned to her homeland. Within a few months, through an astonishing combination of circumstances, she rose to become one of the most prominent entrepreneurs in Russia.
Ilona Davydova's name is known all over Russia. She was twenty-seven when her name joined those of the country's top ten entrepreneurs.