One rainy afternoon in Istanbul, a nineteen-year-old, unmarried woman walks into a doctor's surgery. "I need to have an abortion," she announces. Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. All the Kazanci men die in their early ^? forties, victims of the mysterious family curse, so it is a house of women. Among them are Asya s beautiful, rebellious mother, her clairvoyant aunt and their hopelessly hypochondriac sister. Into the midst of this madhouse comes Asya's feisty American cousin, and she's bringing long-hidden family secrets connected with Turkey's turbulent past in her wake.