Steve Mathews, a British journalist meets an ascetic during his journey in India. The hermit elucidates on the concept of Politico-Religiosity: ‘My faith is the finest and my God is the truest’ and how all religious leaders are interested only in building up the number and not the character of the followers. After an illuminating session, the recluse predicts Steve’s life to be in the rarest of the rare category. During his visit to Pakistan, Steve is kidnapped by the Taliban. Among the blood-sucking hawks, Steve meets Fazlullah, a seventeen year old boy who proves to be an angel in the devil’s land. Another young man, Sanaullah, educated but absolutely talibanised, surprisingly reveals his humanitarian side. A stunned Steve, tinkers the terrorist’s thinking process and helps him to realize the ruinous path he has chosen. He also discovers a child musical prodigy in the land where talent is treated as curse.
Steve’s ordeals and bonding in the merciless land; the volcanic horror he stumbles upon in captivity - stoning to death, polygamy, child bride, religious intolerance, paedophilia, suicide-bombing… and finally how Steve and his two captors' manage to leave for London form the first part.
Is Steve successful in deprogramming the cultish mentality; if his two young kidnappers begin a new life, Steve grandmother's unravelling of pre-independence turmoil; Dalia, the Jewish girl in London who smashes Sanaullah’s concept of faith and the dire need of Islamic reformers… build the second part.