Ayten and her family are poor migrants from a village in western Turkey, to the slum areas outside of Ankara. They struggled to secure a small parcel of land, build a home and become accepted within the social confines of an area, which is not really the city, but not the village either. So, are they themselves city dwellers or villagers?
The story of the Outcasts of the Homeland is set in the here and now: it is a timeless tale of people looking for a better life and the hardships of uprooting the family and having the children grow up with confused ideas of their own identity.
Ayten is a beautiful young girl, the belle of the neighborhood, which causes a lot of jealousy among the women and desire among the men. She is disappointed to learn that beauty is not enough when her young boyfriend goes away to college, meets different kinds of women, and decides he'd rather marry a real city girl.
Emin is a migrant who dreams of building his own shack, so he won't have to pay rent and will be able to educate his children. But having one's own home is not as easy as it is in the village.
Family honor is a concept of the utmost importance, because many of the people are so poor, it is the only ideal they will ever be able to aspire to.
As more and more people move to the area, public services increase, but so does the strife over land rights and petty squabbles between ignorant people as they struggle for a better life.