This is the story of two women living through Afghanistan’s tumultuous political upheaval of the late 20th century. Miriam is the daughter of an unwed mother. Too ashamed to publicly acknowledge her, her father marries her to an older man who lives in Kabul. She attempts to be a good wife, but her husband’s abuse and the Taliban’s horrific rules trap her into an existence of brutality and seclusion. Laila lives across the street. Her life holds great promise until the violence of the Taliban destroys all she knows. Laila then makes a desperate decision linking her life with Miriam’s forever.