Noises were heard from Suliah’s home when she was swearing at Mariam, her only daughter. How could she not be furious, Mariam, whose now on her sixteen, frequently gossiped by Madurasa Villagers. Mariam has been Suliah and her husband, Abas, favourite daughter, as Mariam is their only child. Little Mariam had a very beautiful face, although her beauty was a temptation to most of her boyfriends. When Mariam was only six years old, Abas travelled to Jakarta in his search of fortune in the Capital City.
“How many times I have warned you not to fool around with men before you get married? Do you want to be a whore?” Suliah shouted as she slaps her daughter's face.” We are not wealthy, yes, but your mother, me, is still regarded by the villagers. Do you know that your behavior have desecrated our family reputation?”
It's all started when Mariam was on her way home from washing clothes in the river, she caught her daughter were giggling and making out in a bush near Didi’s school. Didi is Mr. Gade’s eldest son. After cursing Didi, she dragged her own daughter home to give her a lesson. Deep down in her poignant heart she cannot bear to hurt her own daughter, but on her simple mind there is only one way to teach her daughter, by beating her.
In that very night, Mariam, with her pounding eyes she got from crying, was sitting on her bed preoccupied by her Mother words. Her pubescent blood was rebelled upon her mother harsh treatment, which she deemed unfair. Is it a proper form of caring she should have got from her parent? Was she wrong because her friends, mostly men, like her? If my Mom does not love me anymore so why should I stay any longer in this village? But where should I go? Jakarta! Yes, Jakarta will become my destination to look for dad. A thousand of questions raged in her mind, but her decision was unanimous. She was going to Jakarta.
The moon was crawling high in the sky, when Suliah’s door opened, and a shape of svelte girl body slipped away, together with a bundle consisted of two pairs of clothes and her favorite shoe.