A Kurdish escapee from an honor killing attempts to rebuild her life in Boston until an accusation of violent extremism has her sent to a detention center. She must then find the strength to resist--eventually forcing a confrontation with the brother that wanted her dead.
Synopsis:Sevda Kemal has just escaped the man trying to kill her—her father.
Ten years later, the Kurdish woman turns up in Boston, very much alive. Her attempt to live a scholarly life is complicated by the romantic attention of Miles, her Christian landlord, and the friendship of his daughter, Emma. As Sevda struggles to open up to the family’s kind attentions, she is accused of being a resistance fighter and shipped off to a detention center. She is suspected of assisting her brother, a violent separatist wanted for a recent bombing in Berlin. He may also be the mysterious man searching for Sevda in Boston.
Sevda, fearful for Miles and Emma’s safety, refuses to cooperate with law enforcement and becomes an isolated, melancholy figure. Sevda’s frustration with her treatment, though, soon begins to grate, and she begins to find the strength to resist her captors. A fiery Sri Lankan law professor, Aida Nasrin (herself a Muslim and refugee) finds herself getting closer to the real story of Sevda’s mysterious background.
Aida's investigation is finally able to prove the truth: Sevda is not in league with her brother, but has in fact hiding from him. If she hadn’t escaped, Sevda would have been a victim of an honor killing--simply because she wanted to marry a Turkish man. With Sevda’s imminent release from the detention center, all appears to be falling into place. The mysterious man from Berlin, though, has found Sevda’s house, and a local Turkish community center has been destroyed in a mysterious explosion.
Sevda and Miles’ reunion is tempered by the arrival of the mysterious man. He is not the brother, as everyone suspects. Hs name is Omer--the Turk she had once planned to marry against her father and brother’s wishes. He has spent years trying to find Sevda, and has arrived to claim his bride. Sevda now has to choose between the man she loved in the past and the man she loves now. Omer has also offered to reunite Sevda with her beloved mother, whom has presumed Sevda dead these last ten years.
Before she can decide, she discovers that her brother, Khalil, has indeed found her. Alone with him in her apartment, and discomfited by his eerie calm, he explains that Omer led him right to her—and that her fiancé is now dead. No longer willing to tolerate another man who wants to take her away, she refuses to submit to him. No longer fearful, Sevda finds a way to defeat Khalil. Though exhausted and bloodied, she declares her love for Miles. She has at last found her way home.
his is a romantic drama that in spite of its heavy subject matter still carries a message of hope and reconciliation. It has changed significantly from the earlier drafts--the story has been restructured and the conflict has been expanded.
There are no signifcant changes from the previous version--mostly, it was a lot of tinkering. I changed a few lines of dialgoue, tightened up some of the description, and rearranged some of the scenes.