The noise is heard from Suliah’s home when she is angry with Meriam, her one and only daughter. She can’t help feeling so wrathful, since her 16-year old Meriam has become the vicious gossip of people in Madurasa village. Since at her very early age, Meriam has been the darling daughter of couple Abas and Suliah who only have her as their sole child. This little girl has a very beautiful face. But the beauty it is that makes her the seduction for her boy peers. When Meriam was 6 years old, Abas went to Jakarta for making a living in the capital city. The responsibility to raise Meriam now is on Suliah’s shoulders completely.
“How many times I have warned you: never chase the boys before you get married! Do you wanna be a prostitute?” Suliah screams while slaps her daughter’s face. “Although we are not rich, your Mom is fairly respected by people here. You know what, with your behavior you have damaged our family's good reputation!”
It starts when she returned from washing clothes in the river. Suliah caught her daughter giggling while flirting with Didi, Mr. Gade's oldest son in the bush near school. After scolding Didi, Suliah dragged her own daughter home to hit her. Although feeling so sore since actually she hates to hurt her beloved daughter, she only has a simple way of thinking; she only knows one way to teach her daughter, which is by hitting her.
That night, Meriam sits on bed with her eyes swell by crying. She thinks over her Mom's words. As a young blood, she rebels against violent behavior towards herself. She feels being unfairly treated. Is this a kind of love she properly receives from her parent? Is she false if her friends, especially the boys like her? If my Mom doesn't love me anymore, why should I keep staying here? But, where will I go? Jakarta! Yes, JAKARTA! I will go there to find my Dad. A hundred of questions cross her mind, but she already makes a strong decision. She will go to Jakarta!
The moon has crawled high in the sky when the door of Suliah’s home opens quietly and a silhouette of a slim girl slips away carrying a bundle containing two sets of clothes and a pair of her favorite shoes.