When Antigone arrives in Sydney from Greece to meet Telis, the man to whom she is making an arranged marriage, she is rejected for being too old. Although she finds sympathy from Telis's older brother Manolis, Antigone begins to withdraw into memories of her youth and ealier romances, while longing desperately for control over her own destiny.
The story is told from the perspective of a migrant who has newly arrived in Australia, and also explores the Greek community in Sydney at that time. In this respect, it offers an alternative picture of migrant life to the comedic narratives of films such as They're a Weird Mob (q.v.).