The Greek peninsula in the early 1800’s: the fearsome Ottoman Empire maintains an iron rule over the indigenous population. Elite troops called Janissaries enforce the Sultan’s will with ruthless resolve, while an underground network of Greek freedom fighters struggles to keep the spark of hope alive.
Amidst this volatile backdrop, an unusual bond develops between ANNA CHRISTINA (Tania Raymonde), a dutiful 20-year-old Greek villager who chafes under the constraints of her patriarchal culture, and COLONEL TARIQ (Jan Uddin), a rising star in the Turkish army who harbors secret doubts about the Empire’s brutal methods. Unbeknownst to family and comrades, Tariq once spared 8-year-old Anna Christina’s life during a deadly Turkish raid on a Greek village… an encounter that planted the seeds of change in their mutual worldview. Now, as an adult, Anna Christina struggles to reconcile her feelings of attraction and cultural distrust. Similarly conflicted yet enlightened by the teachings of his long-time Greek tutor and confidante THANASI (Christopher Plummer), Tariq must hide his growing feelings for Anna Christina from his brother-in-arms SUNAL (Raza Jaffrey), a Janissary captain whose loyalty to superior officer Tariq is matched only by his hatred of Greeks.