This is a polished and involuted romance, the love story of Zeemat, a young Muslim girl determined to break out of the mold of tradition in Pakistan. Her old grandfather, Azim, wishes to arrange her marriage. He resurrects half of a ring with which he had been betrothed long ago. And Zeemat, determined to subvert his intentions, conceals the ring. The young hero, Hafiz, grandson of the woman who broke her engagement to Azim, balks at his grandmother's insistence on an arranged marriage with Zeemat, whom he refuses to meet. Ironically, he has his heart set on the lovely unknown girl whom he had seen on the street one day not knowing she was Zeemat. Jean Bothwell unfolds her story with masterful suspense, with warm feeling for the young lovers and rare ability to project locale. And, Allah be praised, Zeemat and Hafiz are breathing entities in her conception.