Fifteen-year-old Doria isn't in a good place. Or to be precise: she's in the sadly misnamed Paradise Estate on the outskirts of Paris. Her father has gone off back Morocco to find a wife who can give him a boy, and her illiterate, non French speaking mother has to fend for herself with a cleaning job in a grim motel.
Ahleme's father is permanently disabled after an accident on a building site, her brother has been permanently excluded from school, while she is left to deal with the guilt trips from their family back in Algeria. But when she returns home - after a ten-year absence - she brokers a kind of truce, with her homeland and the need to forge a future.