Algeria. The 1990s. Amel, a vibrant thirty-year-old woman, is an emergency room doctor at the hospital. Khadidja, a nurse in her early sixties, assists her with a great deal of efficiency and a healthy dose of humour. After work, Amel waits for Mourad, her journalist husband. But she has to make an urgent trip to the hospital with Bilal, the young son of her neighbours. When Amel returns the following evening, Mourad has disappeared. And so she sets off by car, seeking out an Islamic resistance movement. Khadidja, who has insisted on coming with her, recovers the reflexes, trickery and disguises of her days fighting the French army in the early 1960s. Captured by the Islamic group, the two women are saved by its leader, Hadj Slimane, who thus pays off a debt that he has owed Khadidja since the first Algerian war. Once they are released, Amel and Khadidja set off again to return to the village. In the mountains, they find refuge in the isolated home of a lonely old man. In a cart drawn by a mule, Amel and Khadidja, along with the old man, continue their journey.