The story is about a teenager from Syrian Christian Community and revolves around his family. The family itself belongs to a separate clan of landed gentry, the Muthalalys. Their life style, customs, traditions, aspirations and anxieties are well laid out in the book.
The protagonist is of a different, unique and peculiar character orientation. Generally protagonists of novels are Heroes with super human qualities but in this book the protagonist is simply a human being. He is a victim of circumstances and situations on which he has no control or he is incapable to react. And he grows gradually from his early psychological disturbances to the great heights of existentialism.