The mystery of a girl who disappeared more than 30 years ago becomes an international conspiracy as Japan confronts the systematic and insidious attacks by North Korea. Many Japanese were abducted and forced to train as spies by North Korea. This is a memoir by one abductee's mother's search for the truth. Her initial confusion and disbelief, moments of false hope, confrontation with the Japanese governement and her quest for truth over her daughter's life are documented in this heartbreaking memoir.
Sakie Yokota was a simple housewife, happily married with a 13-year-old daughter and twin 7-year old sons, when her daughter Megumi mysteriously disappeared in November 1977. Through tireless efforts and relentless faith, she fought to find answers to her daughter's fate, eventually coming up against an international espionage conspiracy involving North Korea under the leadership of Kim Jongil. In 1997, her husband Shigeru was designated chairman of the newly founded Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea. The Association supports the victims of North Korea's abductions of Japanese citizens in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In August 2006, Sakie met with President Bush to further talks about demanding sanctions on NorthKorea. Today, Sakie still does not know whether Megumi is alive or not.