Born in Belfast, Siobhan Darrow grew up in New Jersey in a home that was split between her proper Ulster mother and her Jewish father. Emotional strife and poverty were a way of life. After her father died, Siobhan travelled to Russia to learn more about the man she could never know while alive. Quite unexpectedly, she married a Russian and became what she called a Cold War bride. He got a passport out - after seven years of waiting - and she got a rare chance to live among ordinary Soviets in the days before the fall of communism.