The lively, bold and free-spirited daughter of a tradesman father. She lives on the island of Cephalonia, where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet each other. She lives a rich life. She is well-educated and speaks several languages. While living this happy and peaceful life with her family, she is kidnapped and brought to Istanbul. She is furious to be forcibly brought to the Harem. In the early days of her time in the Harem, she has great nostalgia for her family. She longs for her mother, father, and sister as well as her jasmine-scented island. She tries every opportunity to go back home. She is quite stubborn and ill-tempered. It takes some time for her to get used to the Harem and to accept Ahmed, but as she comes to terms with everything, she bonds deeply to him and to the supreme state.
What tames her wild heart is her love for Ahmed. She is quite inquisitive: while Ahmed is being educated by various teachers, Kösem takes her place next to him, thus becoming knowledgeable on many subjects. She learns many things from Safiye on becoming a sultana. She is bold and courageous with excellent leadership qualities. She takes control on state affairs during hard times when no one else dares. This is the reason why she takes on the name 'Kösem' (leader, pioneer). A long and stormy life in the Ottoman palace awaits her,at the end of which
she shall become one of the most powerful women the Ottoman Empire has ever