In February 2003, Lorna Tychostup, a single mother and News & Politics Editor for a local arts magazine in New Paltz, N.Y., knowingly risks her life, imprisonment, and a million dollar fine by traveling to Iraq under the threat of war.
Her controversial journey is challenged in a live television broadcast as FOX News lambastes her efforts as “villainous and bordering on treason” and accuses her of aiding and abetting the enemy on the brink of war. Traveling without security in local taxis, she stays in small unprotected hotels outside the safety zones where mainstream journalists are lodged. The more she uncovers about the realities of Iraqis and American soldiers, the more she is forced to question her original agenda and what she begins to see as her own naive idealism. Lorna’s story, and those she crafts about the issues and people most directly affected by the war in and occupation of Iraq, raise larger questions about good and bad, left and right, Republican and Democrat and where America and Iraq connect at this juncture in history.