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Maftur knows she wants to marry the boy next door. Before settling down as a wife and mother, however, she aims to become a glamorous secretary and prove she can earn her own living. She is also fiercely patriotic and cannot stand by while Palestine, the country of her birth, is threatened with a takeover. She sets about attempting to rectify the political situation in a non-violent fashion. When her father betroths her, as family tradition decrees, to a close relative in far away Damascus, she knows she will have to connive against father, clan and the British Administration to achieve all her objectives. The outbreak of WW2 changes the whole scenario, making friends of enemies and enemies of friends. She turns the new situation to her advantage but the benefits are unlikely to last.
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