Lesbos (/ˈlɛzbɒs/, US/ˈlɛzboʊs/; Greek:ΛέσβοςLesvos, pronounced[ˈle̞zvo̞s]), sometimes referred to as Mytilini after its capital, is a Greekisland located in the northeastern Aegean Sea. It has an area of 1,632 square kilometres (630sqmi) with 320 kilometres (199 miles) of coastline, making it the third largest Greek island. It is separated from Turkey by the narrow Mytilini Strait and in late Palaeolithic/Mesolithic times was joined to the Anatolian mainland before the end of the last Ice Age.
Vasseur begins on the Greek island of Lesbos, where Melati meets up with Mary, a photographer and volunteer with RefugeeRescue. As they chat in the sun and swim in the sea, Melati recalls the other people she has encountered during her road trip.