Based on Sonallah Ibrahim's celebrated novel, "Zaat" explores the social and political winds of change in Egypt starting from 1952, when the main character "Zaat" was born, all the way up to the present day.
A man marries the woman he loves, but an accident leaves her in a coma for three years. During that time, the husband meets another woman and lives in a conflict between his feelings for her and his feelings for his wife. He is unable to marry her until his wife wakes up from her coma.
Selim and his wife live an average, stable life. However, their lives are disrupted when Selim ends up in a situation that forces him to commit numerous crimes. This is when Lieutenant Hamza enters the scene to chase down Selim, setting the events in motion.
Taha is a computer institute graduate who comes from a poor family, as his father is forced into early retirement from his factory. When Taha discovers classified information incriminating the factory's owner that could make his father get back his job, he decides to pursue his case.
As Youssef prepares to retire, his wife Amal feels bereft after a mastectomy as their daughter Aziza separates herself from her family's values. As their son Amin tries to bring his family back together, Youssef is inexplicably suspended and banned from continuing his show, Tunisia At Night.