They survived the Bangladesh war of independence, butnow that the fever of revolution has passed, siblings Mayaand Sohail Haque must face the challenges of peace. WhileMaya embraces her new life, training to become a doctor, herbrother, Sohail, wrestles with troubling memories of the war.Taking solace in his faith, he slowly sheds his identity as a youngpolitical leader to become a devout Muslim.
Stubbornly refusing to accept her brother’s transformation,Maya leaves her childhood home and travels deep intothe heart of the country. When she returns years later, she entersthe cloistered world Sohail has created, where she meetsand grows to love his son, Zaid. Soon she begins to understandthe power of her brother’s message and rekindles her long-heldhope of reconciliation. But when Sohail sends Zaid to a madrasaon a remote river island, Maya is forced to decide whereher loyalties ultimately lie.