Uproar was heard from Suliah's house when she was raging at Meriam, her only daughter. How could she not be furious, Meriam which is going to be 16, has often become the gossip of the Madurasa village people. Indeed, ever since a little girl, Meriam is the beloved child of Abas and Suliah who had bestowed an only child. The little girl has a very beautiful face, yet this beauty has become a lure among her male friends. While Meriam was 6 years old, Abas went to Jakarta to find his fortune in the capital city. The responsibility to raise Meriam is now fully on Suliah's shoulder.
"I have warned you several times;don't play around with men before you are married. You want to be a whore?" Suliah shouted while slapping her daughter's face. "Although we are not rich, we are respected in this village. Don't you know that with your behavior you smear our family's name?"
The cause of the tumult was when Suliah came back from washing clothes in the stream;she caught her daughter was gigling while caressing with Didi, the eldest son of pak Gede in the bushes near the school. After expressing her anger to Didi, Suliah dragged her own daughter home to be given a lesson.
She is actually incapable of hurting her beloved daughter, although with sorrowful heart as yet she knows only one means in giving her daughter a lesson, that of by hitting her.
That night, with swollen eyes from crying Meriam sit on the bed pondering what her mother had said. Her young blood rebel to the harsh and unfair action done to her; is it the form of love she deserved from her parents? Is she wrong that her friends, especially the boys like her?
If my mother doesn't love me anymore, what's the use of staying any longer in the village? If I had to go, where do I go? Jakarta! Yes, JAKARTA will be my intention to find father. Thousands of questions run through her head but she is determined. She is leaving for Jakarta!
The moon is crawling high in the sky while the door of Suliah's house is slowly opened and a figure of a slim girl sneaks out, taking a bundle of two pair clothes and a pair of shoes she loves.