As a child, Mariam grows up only with her mother, Nana, in a small kolba outside of Herat. Mariam makes a birthday wish to go to her father's, Jalil's, cinema, but at the end Jalil won't show up. As Mariam approaches her home, her mum committed a suicide, because of desperation, that she would not see her daughter again.
Mariam is in agreed marriage, that her father Jalil prepared for her. At first, Rasheed seems as a nice guy, but after some time, when Mariam is not able to give birth to his child, he becomes an angry husband, that beats her wife.
Next to Rasheed's house,a family house was bombed with people in it. The only surviver is Laila, who is a young girl, that have just lost her whole family. Rasheed takes care of her and eventually Laila agrees to marry him.