Growing up in Tehran in the 1960s, Terence Ward and his brothers were watched over by Hassan, the family’s cook, housekeeper, and cultural guide. After an absence of thirty years and much turmoil in Iran, Ward embarks on a quixotic pilgrimage with his family in search of their lost friend. He has vanished. As they set out on this improbable odyssey, all they have is a small black-and-white photograph taken decades before.
Crossing the vast landscape of ancient Persia, Ward recounts its incredibly rich past while exploring modern Iran’s deep conflicts with its Arab neighbors and our current administration. The story puts a human face on the Iranian people with this inspirational quest of an American family who came to love and admire the extraordinary culture of Iran. The journey answers the question “How far would you go for a friend?”