Separated from her parents, Lita studies medicine at the University of Latvia and dreams of the day she can afford a decent meal. She earns a doctorate of medicine in 1950, but even a doctor's monthly salary is not enough to buy a substandard pair of shoes. Lita's trusting nature leads her into a bad marriage and makes her easy prey for a handsome but highly unscrupulous man. Ultimately, chance meetings, unlikely alliances, and unexpected developments come together to facilitate her escape from the suffocating red fog of communism.
A cautionary tale for anyone who cherishes freedom, The Red Fog is a memoir of one woman's life behind the Iron Curtain that explores how political oppression dehumanizes people, while fear renders them silent and helpless.