Parvana's father was taken to prison Parvana has to support her family as they live in Afghanistan and woman are not allowed to leave the house. she has a mum, dad ( in prison) little brother called Ahli and two sisters Nooria who is older and bossy and Niara who is younger than Parvana and hadn't been out side there home in more than a year.
Parvana remembered when she went to school and lived in a house with a mobile phone and T.V. She remembered when she wouldn't eat a slice of cake just because she wanted to! Imagine that! she had lived in five houses and each time they got bombed, each time losing more of there possessions until now. Living in a one room house. with a separate bath room.
with father gone Parvana was the only one that could work, she cut her hair and dressed as a boy making money for her family to live. her father was taken away as he was educated in and English school which the Taliban thought was bad. he was a history teacher but injured his leg in a bomb attack and Parvana had to help him. until he was taken away...
When working in the market, reading and writing for people as lots of people were uneducated, one of the tea boys fell over and she rushed over to help. to her greatest surprise the tea boy was her friend Shiaza! like her she was pretending to be a boy for money to support her family.
One day when she got home her mother told her that Nooria is getting married! it wasn't unusual for woman to get married of at young ages. nooria told Parvana that were she was going wasnt controlled by the talibans. Mother was going with Norria they would have to be smuggled out. because mother was going the younger children would have to go to Parvana was to stay and wait for there father to come home.
When Parvana returned from the market she found men waiting at the door. Father had been released from prison! she and father were leaving the next day to join mother and their family! she asks Shauzia ''When will I see you again?'' Shauzia answers ''I have already figured that out. I will meet you on at the top of the Eiffel tower in twenty years!''