Lebanese novelist Hanan al-Shaykh's memoir of the life of her mother.
Hanan reflects on an uneasy relationship with her mother and the decision to set down her life story.
Kamila falls in love, but her family have other plans for her and events take a disturbing turn.
Following her forced marriage, Kamila risks everything when she secretly resumes the affair with her beloved Muhammad.
Kamila is forced to choose between her love for Muhammad and her daughters.
Kamila is haunted by her decision to abandon her young daughters, and she seeks a reconciliation with Hanan.