Firstly, Mariam and Laila argue a lot. It seems that they would not get along at all. Laila gives birth to Rasheed's children, Aziza and Zalmai. Mariam is jealous of Laila's relationship to Rasheed and also Laila's daughter.
Eventually, after some time the women make a strong bond between them, which shows that women should stick together. Laila and Mariam are beaten up by Rasheed for the last time as Mariam kills Rasheed in the end with a shovel.
Mariam turns herself over to a government for the murder of Rasheed. This is an action for Laila,Tarig and their children, because due to this, their lives would not be endangered and they could escape from Afghanistan.