Shabanu, the second daughter of nomadic family in the Cholistan desert of Pakistan, has always had more freedom and fewer restrictions than most young Muslim girls of her tribe. She knows that traditionally daughters must be obedient to their fathers and wives must follow their husbands wishes, but she has always hoped for the freedom to follow her heart. Her mother warns that things will change quickly as her older sister approaches her arranged marriage day, and Shabanu herself nears her mandated betrothal day. Then tragedy strikes and Shabanu must decide whether to follow her dreams of independence and justice or sacrifice those plans to save her family.
A haunting, eye-opening book.