After a violent quarrel with her mother-in-law (Carmen Maura), Rebecca (Natalie Portman) leaves the luxury hotel where she’s staying with her husband and dives into Hanna (Hanna Laslo)’s taxi. But Hanna’s in a hurry. That night, she has to meet with her husband’s mysterious business partner, ‘The American’, across the border in Jordan, for a deal involving an armour-plated car which hasn’t been paid for. Rebecca is a little lost in a country in which she’s a stranger, but she decides to go along with Hanna. When they reach the Free Zone, Leila (Hiam Abbass), a Palestinian, explains that ‘The American’ isn’t there and that the money has vanished. Despite their differences, the women come together to change the course of events.