The writer recounts a return to her native Algeria after a more than thirty-year absence. The story starts with contemplations of and encounters with her past before the decision to go. These include meeting a childhood friend, who later joined the FLN and became a heroine in the uprising against the French rule. The latter part of the narrative is about sensations, impressions, memories, and new encounters as the narrator revisits sites from her past in Algiers. Reflections over the political history and social conditions of Algeria are an integral part of the book.