Alif is a country quite unlike any you may have visited but a great deal like all of them. It is a land where the State runs the brothels, but where many liberties are proscribed. In this land, Ana takes up employment as a secretary in a State brothel, but finds out as much about herself as about the others who work there. She falls in love with Binta, a woman sentenced to serve in the brothel for the crimes of lesbianism and alcohol possession. Needless to say, the course of true love does not run smooth.