Anna and Eloïse Charet, two sisters in their twenties, set up an orphanage in Phnom Penh in the midst of a civil war under round-the-clock bombing. Called an "oasis of love in an ocean of despair" by the international press, Canada House took in war children. Brushing aside numerous evacuation notices, the two sisters refused to leave Cambodia without their children, knowing they would not survive the Khmer Rouge regime, thus putting their own lives in peril. Fleeing to Vietnam, they found themselves engulfed in a second bloody war. Against all odds, they managed to repatriate more than 50 children to Canada, thus saving them from certain death.