"We rarely hear the stories of women's courage in the face of danger. This is riveting story of a remarkable relationship between two women - the Canadian journalist Deborah Campbell and Ahlam, an Iraqi woman working for Western media in Syria as it plunges into war. In 2007, Deborah Campbell, known for her reporting on international conflicts, travels undercover to Damascus on assignment to report on the exodus of Iraqi refugees into Syria following the fall of Baghdad. There she meets and hires Ahlam, a refugee working in Damascus as a "fixer" - providing Western media with information and trustworthy contacts to get the news out. Ahlam, a charismatic woman who fled to Syria after being kidnapped for her work running a humanitarian centre in Iraq, uses the income to support her husband and 2 children and to run a "one-woman NGO," helping orphans and widows and starting a school for teenaged girls. Campbell comes to love Ahlam's selflessness, resourcefulness and optimism. But the Syrian Secret Police are watching. The morning they seize Ahlam, Campbell is forced to watch, unable to stop them. Fearing that her work with Ahlam has led to her friend's kidnapping, Campbell spends the months that follow desperately trying to find Ahlam. The story of the eventual reunion and the continuing friendship between the two brave women from very different cultures. And Campbell simultaneously provides behind-the-scenes insights into the roots of the wars enveloping Syria and Iraq, the ways fear begets violence, and in a world run this way, how easy it is to lose yourself."--Provided by publisher.