The novel tells the love story of an Arab man from the region of Ahwaz, Arabistan in Iran and an Egyptian young woman. The story echoes the difficult situation endured by the residents of Arabistan, as well as the tension prevailing over the ties between Tehran and Cairo. Shortly after they meet one day, they fall in love. Their relationship is challenged not only by the long distance and the politics of their respective countries, Iran and Egypt, but also by their personal circumstances. Their love story is hanging by a thread as the bitter reality of their circumstances sets in.