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Abdulrahman Zeitoun, owner of a painting contractor business, lives in New Orleans, Louisiana with his wife Kathy and their four children. Friday, August 25, 2005, is a normal day for the family: the children attend school, Kathy fields phone calls from clients and Zeitoun visits his many work sites throughout the city to liaise and oversee. Early reports of a tropical storm heading towards the Gulf is, initially, not a concern.Through a series of flashbacks, we learn about Zeitoun’s past. He was born in Jableh, Syria and worked as a sailor for many years before settling down in New Orleans. When he was ready to marry, his was introduced to Kathy, a native of Baton Rouge and converted Muslim, through mutual friends in the Islamic community. In addition to a son from a previous marriage, Kathy and Zeitoun are raising three girls. Zeitoun is revered in his adopted city as a fair and hardworking businessman. Despite facing some mild prejudice after 9/11, Zeitoun has built a life that is both financially and socially successful. He is known simply as "Zeitoun" to his many neighbors, friends and loyal clients.As reports of Katrina's growing strength amplify, Kathy is unnerved by a...