"Despite all that Clara Berg has achieved as a wife, mother, and chemist, especially for a woman in turn-of-the-century Berlin, ending her abusive marriage comes at great cost. The judge hands her inheritance, her parents' pharmacy, over to her ex-husband. Now, with her reputation in near ruins thanks to the scandal that rocked her marriage, no reputable chemist will hire her. Worst of all, she has lost all rights to her young son and daughter. Only her dearest friends, Josephine and Isabelle, themselves no strangers to hardship, remain steadfast"--Back cover.