She and the others with her were protesting against the United States military's decision to place nuclear weapons in the area. She had a personal meeting with local base commanders, possibly including General Martin Retslaf from the Hopeville silo. Nevertheless, her skeleton can be found in the Cave of the Abaddon, next to her diary (in a suitcase) and Seymour. She is either highly gullible or foolishly optimistic, believing that Retslaf's ominously-worded promise that the military was preparing "something special" for them was going to be a full nuclear disarmament.
Behind the scenesEdit
Sunflower is most likely based on the real-life young girl Samantha Smith, who in 1982 wrote to Yuri Andropov, who was then the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. At this time the US was in the middle of the Cold War, and rumors of aggression with nuclear arms abounded. When Smith was 10 years old, she wrote the following letter to Andropov:
Dear Mr. Andropov,
My name is Samantha Smith. I am ten years old. Congratulations on your new job. I have been worrying about Russia and the United States getting into a nuclear war. Are you going to vote to have a war or not? If you aren't please tell me how you are going to help to not have a war. This question you do not have to answer, but I would like to know why you want to conquer the world or at least our country. God made the world for us to live together in peace and not to fight.
Unlike with Sunflower, Samantha's letter was well-received, and she became a media darling when she was invited to visit Moscow with her family.
Smith was tragically killed in 1985, at the age of 13, when the plane Smith and her father were flying in crashed in Maine.