A noise heard from Suliah’s house when she is scolding Meriam, her only teenage girl. Her anxiety is reasonable, Meriam who is now almost 16 years old has been a common gossip to Madurasa villagers. Ever since she was a kid, Meriam is indeed a darling to Abas and Suliah who have only one single child. This young girl has a very pretty face but such beauty that makes her a flirt target to her male friends. When she was just 6 years old, Abas wandered toward Jakarta in search for a fortune in capital city. The responsibility of raising Meriam is now fully on Suliah’s shoulders.
“How many times have I warned you, don’t you fool around with a man before getting married. Being a whore is what you want?” Suliah shouted while slapping her child’s face. “Though we aren’t rich, your mother still earns some respect from the people of this village. Don’t you know that your behaviour defiles our family’s good reputation?”
This is all because Suliah caught her daughter, on her way home after washing clothes in the stream, giggling while making out in the bushes in the vicinity of school with Didi, Pak Gade’s eldest son. After swearing at Didi, Suliah dragged her daughter home for a lesson. Despite the agony in her heart for she actually cannot let herself hurt her precious child, in her modest thought, she knows only one way to teach her child a lesson which is to beat her.
That night, Meriam with her swollen eyes after crying, sits wistfully on the bed while pondering on her mother’s words. Pubescent blood in her body rebels against harsh treatment towards her which she thinks unfair. Is this the kind of love she deserves to get from her parent? Is it her mistake that her schoolmates, particularly the boys have a crush on her? If my mother loves me no more, what is the point in remaining in this village? If I must go, where should I go to? Jakarta! Yes, JAKARTA will be my destination to look for dad. Thousands of questions are raging in her mind but she is fully determined. She is going to Jakarta!
The moon has crawled high in the sky when Suliah’s house door is slowly opened and a silhouette of a slim girl is sneaking out while carrying a bundle of supply consisting of two pairs of clothing and a pair of her favourite shoes.