Two girls, Fatima, an Arab Zanzibari, and Elizabeth, colonial British, are caught up in the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution. The turmoil destroys lives and sets in place events that will take almost 50 years to resolve. Fatima has to survive years of despotic rule on the spice islands. Elizabeth returns to Zanzibar to fulfil her father’s final request. The link between them is the day of the Revolution.