Welcome to Damascus, the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth, a jewel of the Arab world and the crossroads of the Middle East. Paul is here to sell English-language textbooks. It's Valentine's Day and he'd rather be at home with his wife. As he begins negotiations with his Syrian contact, Muna, misunderstandings multiply until their presumptions about one another fall away and new possibilities emerge. In this city of transformations, Paul grapples with language and love, meanings and misconceptions. And as his flight home is delayed by a bomb in Beirut Airport, he begins to wonder - will he ever leave?