Sarah Zuckerman and Jenny Jones are best friends in Washington, D.C., in the politically charged 1980s. When the girls write letters to Soviet premier Yuri Andropov asking for peace, Jenny's is answered. She visits the USSR and becomes a media sensation. Then, in 1985, she and her parents die in a tragic plane crash. Ten years pass and Sarah, about to graduate from college, receives a letter suggesting that Jenny's death was a hoax.