Kaim, an Afghan boy of 14, succeeds in crossing the border into Iran. Several miles in, he finds shelter in a tavern run by an elderly couple of Delbaran, a village lost in the midst of a desert of ochre and red rocks. Khan and Khale treat him like a son. Kaim helps with the errands, lends a hand in the kitchen, accompanies Khale to the doctor. Police officer Mahadavi, who is always tracking down the many illegal Afghan labourers, finally discovers the young refugees true identity and arrests him.