Before he set off for America at the age of 25, Athanassios Konstantinides, a poor Greek farmer in Asia Minor, made a vow to a 15-year-old girl. Never would he be "lured by an American beauty"; when his fortune was made, he would send back to the Turkish village of Yala-zik for his beloved Soultana, and they would be married. Soultana promised to wait for him. That was in 1913.

Athanassios made his way to the automobile factories and metal shops of Detroit. From time to time he mailed $5 bills back to Soultana, but World War I prevented a reunion....

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