Veiled Romance is a novel that unfolds as Leila Omid writes her memoirs from her cell in an Iranian fundamentalist prison. Leila is a young and brilliant Iranian educated in the States. Her family is highly connected to the Shah’s government, despite the fact that they are secretly Jewish.
In Tehran, post revolution, Leila sheds her western ways and plays a dangerous game, rising to the upper ranks of the fundamentalist regime before being imprisoned by her enemies. She does this to free the man she loves, Cyrus – a charismatic, handsome Iranian business executive who is openly Jewish – after he is taken political hostage. Veiled Romance tells the thrilling story of these passionate and star-crossed lovers against a unique backdrop that provides an insider’s view of the cultural and political history of contemporary Iran.