It’s 1969. The headline news lurches from hippy demonstrations for “peace and love” to war stories from Vietnam. On the edge of Europe, Turkey is fighting to emerge from its Ottoman legacy. As global turmoil seeps into the country, Hakan and his American fiancée, Grace, travel from London to his provincial hometown so that he can do his required military service. Unprepared for the traumas that await them, they walk into a family struggling with bankruptcy, smuggling charges, emotional instability and alcoholism.
Determined to pursue their life together, whatever the obstacles, Hakan and Grace begin to wonder if events will conspire to defeat them. While Hakan tries to hold together his family in Turkey and his business in London, Grace, the uninvited outsider, makes a personal journey through a culture embedded deep in the past. This is her dramatic, touching and funny true story.