2008. Reza Malek lives in Harlem, relieved to be far from the turmoil of Iraq and Afghanistan where he worked as a reporter and sometime lover for a superstar journalist who has long since moved on. After a terse phone call from his childhood friend, Sina Vafa, Reza returns to Tehran. Once there, he finds more than he bargained for: the city on the edge of revolution; his friend embroiled with murderous Shiite militants. His missing mother, who was alleged to have run off before the revolution, is alive and well; while his own life is in danger.