During the celebration, Abu l'Hasan tells the story of how the last celebration was when Salma was extremely young. The last celebration was rained out by Noah's flood and Salma got lost in the flood. The remembrance of the last flood brought back many unwanted memories to Salma.
A civil war erupted in Grenada, where the family lived, and Abu was removed from power.
Everyone was traveling with the uncle when he tells the story which brings back memories of when they used to live in Grenada. The Year of the Amulets was very dangerous due to the dangers hanging over the city and also because there was a nursing baby and most nursing babies did not survive. During The Year of Astaghfirullah, Shaikh was made fun of for repeating phrases in sermons, but in the siege of Grenada, no one made fun of him because the Most High would punish them. The Year of the Fall was marked by the heavy snow that covered Grenada which made food very scarce. Muhammad's family was well off and had plenty of food to eat, but there was a loss of jobs all around and the people in the city had no means of escape. Attacks were however reduced because of the winter. The peace treaty was also said to be underway.
Sarah delivers a book of fortune to Muhammad which he studies. He tells Sarah she and her family must leave the land at once. She tells Salma she is going to stay but a few days later she decides to leave. Some people stayed in Grenada and were held as hostages to Ferdinand. Then, Grenada fell . Sarah chose the path of exile and Salma's family was said to be next.
This book seems very interesting to read, a book that I will most likely not be able to put down as I read on because it is written in the form of a memoir. The story is sad, but more intriguing to read about than just facts in a book. The book tells an actual story of Leo Africanus and his travels during the Renaissance era.