Rebellious teenager Deniz runs away from home and finds herself at a run-down beach resort, The Hotel Diana, whose curious inhabitants take her on a journey of self-discovery, where she learns that every freedom comes at a price.
Deniz is a rebellious 17 year old girl who runs away from her remote hometown in pursuit of a city life in Baku. She takes a bus to one of the Caspian Beach hotels run by her friend’s aunt, Diana (45), while constantly evading calls from her mother. There are many legends about Diana going around her hometown, so Deniz begs her for a job and she agrees to keep her for a while.
Situated among alluring establishments along the highway; hostels, chai-houses, restaurants, discotheques and aqua-parks, Diana Hotel is bold, kitschy and in desperate need of upkeep. As she goes about her odd jobs Deniz meets the hotel’s other curious staff, inhabitants and guests, including the star of evening entertainment, the transgender drag singer Samira (37). Life opens up to Deniz through their struggles, aspirations and humor. All the while her mother’s phone calls get more violent as her family members set out to bring her back home.
As their relationship develops, Diana and Samira build Deniz’s ideas of femininity, challenging her beliefs of what it means to be a woman. Until one fateful night Samira goes missing. The ensuing search for their friend uncovers their own secrets, as Diana struggles to keep her hotel and Deniz fears she might never find her way to the big city after all.