An Englishwoman wakes up in the middle of the night in a small hotel in a poverty-stricken foreign city where a civil war is being fought. She has a fever, and tries to remember why she has returned to this frightening country. During the night, she starts to retrace her happy childhood and her relatively happy adult existence as a kind, hard-working professional woman who loved her family and friends, appreciated music and the arts. But she is also retracing the unusual events that have led her to this place, and how the people she has met on that journey – from a woman she meets in London while waiting for a bus, to a western Reporter living in a neighboring country, to an idealistic young freedom fighter she meets in a church – began to change her understanding of the world. Now, in this lonely hotel room, she is struggling with a new and unpleasant perception of herself and her life. As the dawn breaks, the woman’s fever subsides – and with it comes an honest, face-toface appraisal of herself.