Kabul, 1978: The daughter of a prominent family, Sitara Zamani, lives a privileged life in Afghanistan’s thriving cosmopolitan capital. Ten-year-old Sitara’s world is shattered when communists stage a coup, assassinating the president and Sitara’s entire family. Only she survives. Smuggled out of the palace by a guard named Shair, Sitara finds her way to the home of an American diplomat, who adopts her and raises her in America. In her new country, Sitara takes on a new name and becomes a renowned surgeon.
New York, 2008: Thirty years after that fatal night in Kabul, Aryana’s world is rocked again when an elderly patient appears in her examination room—a man she never expected to see again. It is Shair, the soldier who saved her, yet may have murdered her entire family. Seeing him awakens Aryana’s fury and desire for answers—and, perhaps, revenge. Realizing that she cannot go on without finding the truth, Aryana embarks on a quest that takes her back to Kabul, and through shadowy memories of the world she loved and lost.
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