With her mother's death, 12 year old Miranda suddenly became a stranger in the only city she had ever known. Half Swedish and half English, Miranda had lived in Damascus on that hazy cultural border between European and Middle Eastern custom. All that had been unimportant while mother was alive. But now with Father's grief and Aunt Sophie's ill temper, Miranda found herself turning outward to the beautiful strange city. As she becomes immersed in its atmosphere and the customs of its people, she finds colorful adventure, solace, and the kind of friendship which prepares her for the acceptance of a new step-mother. Miranda's story is intricately woven into its setting and should provide double appeal for an audience stricken with wanderlust.