When Hisham Matar was a nineteen-year-old university student in England, his father was kidnapped. One of the Qaddafi regime’s most prominent opponents in exile, he was held in a secret prison in Libya. Hisham would never see him again. Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Qaddafi, the prison cells are empty and there is no sign of Jaballa Matar. Hisham returns with his mother and wife to the homeland he never thought he’d see again. THE RETURN is the story of what he found there.
Nuri is a young boy when his mother dies and nothing can fill the emptiness that her death causes within him and his father. Until they meet Mona and Nuri falls madly in love, but it's Nuri's father that Mona loves and eventually marries and their happiness consumes and tortures Nuri. When Nuri's father is kidnapped, they both realize how little they know this man.