The story is centred around three women. Sunny, who owns the coffee shop, is an American who comes over with her partner to Afghanistan, but he’s away a lot, so she decides to take on this project.
It’s also about a widowed and pregnant girl named Yasmina. She lived in the Afghan mountains, but was sold to a drug lord by her uncle to settle a debt.
When he discovers her pregnancy, she is discarded onto the streets of Kabul. Sunny is touched by her plight and offers her accommodation and a job at the coffee shop.
The third character is Halajan, the owner of the coffee shop building. She’s an independent, feisty and free-thinking woman, but she is restrained by Afghan customs and traditions. She also has a secret.
You learn about the vulnerability of life in Afghanistan – how we’re very materialistic in the Western world, but the Afghan people are not. They value their lives more than their properties. We don’t realise how lucky we are in the Western world that we are free.”