Sonia Bailey is an enigmatic and attractive young woman, not bound by societal conventions. In a chance encounter she meets Farid Laghari, a Pakistani living in America and studying to become a lawyer. The couple marries, moves to Pakistan, and Sonia converts to Islam. She bears Farid a son and two daughters, yet she feels like an outsider, unable to acclimate to Farid’s family’s rigid social hierarchy.
In the 1970s, Sonia flees Pakistan and abandons her husband and children to travel through Soviet Central Asia disguised as a Muslim boy. After her journey she writes a controversial book, which includes details about her visits to holy places forbidden to women. Because of