In the form of a journal, this book tells the story of the author's experiences in Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion. Jehan Rajab chronicles her fight to preserve normality in the face of persecution and to save the Tareq Rajab Museum, her workplace, from destruction.
Part 1 Invasion, August 1990: the scorpion strikes; Kuwaiti women demonstrate; looting, pillage, rape and resistance; into hiding or be a hostage. Part 2 Siege, September 1990 to January 1991: rooftop protests at midnight; terror tactics and outrageous orders; house to house searches and fire bombing; living under the yoke of oppression. Part 3 Liberation, 17 January to 26 February 1991: liberation; freedom.