Tom Grace, a Brisbane surgeon, attempts to find his seemingly kidnapped lover, Kaye Reylds, in Afghanistan. Instead, he is abducted by a terrorist leader and arms dealer, Ahmed Bakir, and flown to Marseille as Bakir's prisoner. Tom had idea that Kaye was working with the Afghanistan Women's Revolutionary Association (AWRA) alongside its leader, Minnah Meutton, a beautiful French-educated Afghan. Bakir hates Minnah's liberal husband and has him murdered. Amadullah, a devout Muslim and Minnah's brother, seeks revenge; it's a matter of hour. The action shifts to Marseille where Kaye is seduced by Bakir and becomes his lover and psychological prisoner. This is a complex struggle between fanaticism, hypocrisy and self-interest. The demands of Islam compete with decaying European values. They play out in the context of two complicated and poignant love affairs with harrowingly different outcomes.