Alsemberg, December 1975, Sarah, 8 years old, lives in a Catholic foster home. One day, her biological father, who has never seen her, shows up to take her to Paris for the weekend. But it is in Morocco that Sarah wakes up, in a small town lost in the foothills of the Atlas.
Very quickly, the father leaves, abandoning his family, without any explanation. She then slips into the life of a little Moroccan girl where the only schooling she is offered is knitting school.
Nine years later, we find Sarah, 17 years old, a teenager like the others… Or almost. We are in 1984, in the middle of a hunger revolt (The Awbach Revolt). Sarah’s father never sent the money he promised, and for the family she finds herself in, every mouth to feed counts more and more. Sarah will have to find a way to earn her place.
And then, there is Nari, this beautiful politically committed student… But also, her desire to leave, to find the Belgium of her childhood, the school, the books and a life that Sarah imagines free…