It’s September in Alabama, and realtor Monika Glennon is preparing for another day at work. A Polish immigrant with a husband, two kids and a successful career, she is living proof of the American dream. But then the telephone rings, and everything she has worked for comes crashing down.
Born in what was then known as the Polish People’s Republic, Glennon grew up poor in an era when Communism still held sway across much of Eastern Europe. However, she escaped her humble beginnings and moved to America, eventually settling in the city of Huntsville, Alabama.
By September 2015, Glennon was working for the real estate agents Re/Max, selling houses in and around her home town. And with her husband Scott retired from the Marines and her two adult children embarking on military careers of their own, she should have been enjoying the fruits of her success.