When her cousin Nadia returns from Sydney, Ellie is suspicious of her arrival. Nadia says she wants to cash in an investment Ellie made for her so that she and her husband, Ahmed, can buy a flat in Sydney. Nadia would also like to borrow money from Ellie to top up the down payment on the flat. There is unease associated with a terrorist attack on the the Manly ferry in Sydney.

Does Nadia really want the money to buy a flat? And where is her husband Ahmed? The two women are haunted by ujaj, bitter water, which still forms a gulf between them.