Hamad is a doctor in war-torn Syria. The son of a high-ranking government official, he struggles with his conscience when faced with the horror of everyday life in the country he loves. Christos is a Greek lawyer. His grandfather was involved the mass exodus of Greeks from Anatolia after the first world war, the family gradually building a new life for themselves in northern Greece. Jim is an officer in the British Royal Navy, following in his family’s tradition of service to their country. Fate brings the three together. The life of each of the three families is enhanced by the bond that they develop.
Although this is not a story about running, the theme does recur regularly. It is an important aspect of each of the lives of the main characters. It also forms the backdrop to the dramatic conclusion to the story.