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 at "Delbaran", an old inn 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 refugee's true identity and arrests him. Khale obtains his release, in no way awed by the representative of law and order. After the opening of a new road, largely built by illegal workers, the trucks no longer make a stopover at the tavern, now hopelessly empty. Khan goes to the next village to buy nails and spreads them across the new roadway. Then he goes home, lies down and dies. Kaim decides to see his act of rebellion through.