Juliet yearns for the ebb and flow of life lived avidly, for the pace and challenge of city living. The conflict between her love of husband and children and her own passionate need for expression is intensified by her move from small-town Canada to Southern India. The stifling restrictions on Juliet's freedom are magnified in the plight of her young widowed neighbour. The beautiful Yashoda longs to embrace the Western values that would release her from the strictures of Indian tradition.
With her husband dead, murdered by Saddam Hussein's brutal regime, only Guzin Najim's love for her children gave her the strength to face what was to come. Placed under house arrest, the family endured a relentless campaign of terror, until a chance at freedom came and they fled across the desert in a daring overnight escape. Guzin stepped off the plane in Sydney knowing that risking everything had been worth it.