Maria Kulieva is a fashion designer based in Kharkiv. When bombs started to fall on her city, her best friend and roommate, Deena Shaheen had to flea to evacuate her family and many of their friends also left the city, but Maria stayed and began to volunteer trying to support the armed forces in any way she knew how. She began to make plate carriers for the military and created special side plate pockets using her design and sewing skills in the ones she made for added protection. One day while dropping off supplies, she met and fell in love with a soldier. A couple of months later, she had a terrible feeling, she hadn’t heard from him in a day or two and felt in her gut that something was wrong. When she finally did hear from him, she was right, he had been injured in a blast, but the side plates she had put in his vest had saved his life. She is now living in Kharkiv, where the Russians were driven away a couple of months ago, but they are still only 40km from the Russian border. She is working on her spring collection while continuing to volunteer and make gear for the Armed Forces. He man, who she cant name because of his military service, visits when she can, and she and her best friend Deena who has returned, take care of his cat; Bes, which means devil.