Storyline:When the inquisitive young British Gertrude Lowthian Bell (Nicole Kidman) implores her father not to let her drown in rainy England but to send her out into the wide world, Thomas Hugh Bell (David Calder) arranges his daughter's stay in 1902 Relatives in Tehran. There, Gertrude falls madly in love with the destitute diplomat and gambler Henry Cadogan (James Franco). When the father forbids them to marry, the relationship comes to an abrupt end and Gertrude commits her travels through the Middle East and the study of local politics and culture. Only years later she opens her heart again to a man, but also the love for the married Charles Doughty-Wylie (Damian Lewis) ends tragically. Gertrude Bell, in addition to her scholarly and literary work, now also takes on political posts and becomes increasingly important to the local rulers, both to the British, who are suspicious of the emancipated woman, and to the local tribal leaders whom she respectfully calls the "Queen of the Desert "And feel understood by her in her culture.