Christians, Jews, and Moslems all share an ancient dream of possessing the land that lies between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea which is sacred to them.
In 1956 an Egyptian spy, Ishmael al Mohammed, is determined to gain information which will reclaim the infant state of Israel for Palestinians who were displaced from their lands in 1948, one of whom is his mother. While on an espionage mission posing as an Israeli, he falls passionately in love with a Jewish woman, Rebecca Silverman. He must decide if he will betray the only woman he will ever care for or be true to Islam, Egypt, and his family.
A Christian, Danny O'Halloran, has always dreamed of walking the Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem and celebrating mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, while a pagan donkey goddess named Pales dreams of being worshipped again by the original inhabitants of Canaan, which was renamed Palestine in her honor by the polytheistic Romans.
Israeli politicians dream of making Israel a nuclear power while Britain and France conspire to regain the Suez Canal which the President of Egypt, Gamal Abdul Nasser nationalized.
All these dreams are juxtaposed in one fateful taxi ride in a horrific afternoon in 1979.