How do you travel from Gibraltar to Tangiers? What if you can’t go by ship or plane? And it’s 1926.
You go the long way. This is the story of a traveller who journeys around the Mediterranean Sea. Like an incarnation of the epic traveller ibn Battuta, he finds the Middle Sea is a major obstacle, but not just because he’s frightened by it – the sea is also central to his troubled mind. Many challenges face our man - amnesia, jinns, a wayward family, war and the Sand Sea as well. But the closer he gets to home, the further he is from understanding his purpose. Will he eventually see it in time?
In 1926 the post world war I party was in fully swing in Europe. But the Arab world was still coming to terms with its new vainglorious masters. Our traveller from Morocco finds himself in Gibraltar without his memory. Forced to travel home around the Mediterranean, he encounters the various countries of Europe like Spain, France and Italy with their unfamiliar culture, the new Turkey of Ataturk, and the despair being born in the Middle East. War in Lybia diverts him onto a surprising route. From his amnesic mind memories return as he discovers his family along the way, each revelation a trauma he must face anew.
Will he make it back to his home in Tangiers? And will he see the ultimate reason for his journey, to unlock the mystery that the Mediterranean has kept from him.