At night, in Huda’s fragrant garden of apricot trees, a breeze sweeps in from the desert, carrying warning of visitors at her gate . . .
Huda, a secretary at the Australian embassy, has been ordered by the mukhabarat – the secret police – to befriend Ally Wilson, the deputy ambassador’s wife. Huda has no wish to be an informant, but she fears for her teenage son, who may be forced to join a deadly militia. Little does she know, Ally has dangerous secrets of her own.
Meanwhile, Huda’s former friend, Rania, enjoyed a privileged upbringing as the daughter of a sheikh. Now her family’s wealth is gone, and Rania, too, is battling to keep her child safe and a roof over their heads.
As the women’s lives intersect, their hidden pasts spill into the present. Facing possible betrayal at every turn, all three must trust in a fragile, newfound loyalty, even as they discover how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect their families.