This is a tale of two women united by the fact they both help children into the world but whose own desire to become mothers goes unfulfilled. The midwife Višniačka adopts Rodana, a girl rejected by her family, who she initiates into the mysteries of her profession. She never discloses the secret of her life, though, and only at the end does the author reveal it to the reader. The other characters also have secrets, which the author entwines like a cord – an umbilical cord connecting them to the past. This goes right back to the Turkish invasion of the rugged agricultural Myjava region, to the times when people only spoke about the work of midwives in whispers and when many of the things they did were taboo and shrouded in mystique. The author keeps this sense alive through her magical storytelling drawing on ethnological narrative and naturalistic poetry; in their passion, pain, love and cruelty, her characters are wholly contemporary. The strength of emotions and that animality sustaining the continuity of life permeates the atmosphere of ancient tales, vestiges of which remain in the memory of generations.