This book is about nursing and my life as a western woman in Saudi Arabia between the years of 1982 and 1985. During this time I had many interesting and absurd experiences. I nursed in the most remote and backward area of the world's most conservative Islamic country. The huge amount of oil revenue gained during the 1970s was only just beginning to reach that part of the kingdom. I lived in Khamis Mushayt, a market village in the southwestern Asir Province and only 100 kilometres from the troubled Yemeni border. The village was 2,500 metres up, in a mountaius region. While I was there, Khamis Mushayt was totally transformed and modernized, although the Bedouins would still pitch their tents beside their houses. While in the area, I also visited Riyadh, Jeddah, and some of the more westernized coastal areas of Saudi Arabia, as well as Jordan. I'm an Australian senior staff nurse. I was employed by the Ministry of Defence and Aviation in the King Fahad military hospital for the southern region. The Saudis did t allow their people to train as nurses, and it had been only about 30 to 40 years since all doctors and nurses in the country had been slaves. I had always been interested in the Middle East and have an adventurous spirit. I had passed through the area some years before. When I'd heard that the Saudis and Americans were recruiting in Australia, I had applied immediately and been accepted. My family had grown up and was very supportive of this decision. I met many wonderful people from all over the world in the hospital; it was like a United Nations of caring, and I have many happy memories of the friendships. In addition to explaining my life in Saudi Arabia, this book also explains many facets of Islamic life and history so as to place my adventures in context.