Adalet Ulusoy is recovering from severe burns to her legs, the death of her parents and the loss of her unborn child resulting from a massive earthquake on the Black Sea Coast of The Republic of Turkey. When her husband deserts her, his wealthy family sends her to live in a vacant home they own in the pottery village of Avanos where she meets the formidable blind grandmother of a teenage budding artist, Meryem. Against the backdrop of a constantly changing and developing Turkey, Adalet and Meryem move to Istanbul so that Meryem can study art. There they meet an American art professor from New York City. Through love, mentorship and the horrifying events of September 11, their lives are forever changed.