Rumis Daughter By Muriel Maufroy. This stirring novel is Kimya's story of how she finds herself drawn to the mysterious Shams, and how, by marrying him, her soul begins its true journey into fire. Rumi was one of the great mystical poets of all time, a vibrant figure whose unorthodox views on love still resonate today. Set against the decline of the Byzantine Empire and the Mongol invasions, this tale of a tempestuous love affair combines all the timeless themes and passions of Rumi's own verse. Although little is known about his life, we do know that he lived in Anatolia, had an extraordinary spiritual friendship with a man named Shams, and brought an adopted girl, Kimya, into his family.