In those four years under the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979, and two years thereafter, I had no access to a clock nor a calendar to identify and record the dates, months or years when events happened. I have tried the best I can to place my story in a chronological order using the monsoon seasons as guidance for my readers. The story is based on my own childhood memories, and mine alone, although some events in the village of Kor which are important to this story were recounted to me by my mother.