Set in the sixteenth century village of Gruica's Bridge in Eastern Herzegovina, near the Adriatic Sea, Wounded Dove in Honor and Disgrace explores the long struggle for human understanding in the midst of the political and social collision between the Muslim and Christian civilizations.
The spirited Angelina-wife to Delimir and mother to their young son, Predrag-refuses to be daunted by the pressures imposed upon her life. To ensure her husband's release from the Ottoman Turkish dungeons and save her family's honor, she is prepared to take drastic measures by crossing the boundaries of both convention and natural law.
Through the portrayal of a tradition in turmoil, Angelina represents the grave sorrow of the oppressed women of the era. Her struggle for survival in the male-dominated world and her reaction to overwhelming conditions-imposed upon her by the Ottoman Turks from without and by the outlawed slave-traders from within-highlight a search for inner peace rarely found in a ruptured soul.
Rich in history, tradition and emotion, Wounded Dove in Honor and Disgrace brings alive the reality of life where both Ottoman Turks and Christians were victims of the circumstances surrounding them.