There, Phillipe receives a disturbing call from his mother. She tells him her anxiety about the sudden and alarming turn of events in Iran and of their plan to return to France as soon as possible. Ashin's mother, Nina, is informed that it has been arranged for the Ayatollah Khomeini to return to Iran from his exile in France. Nina feels the urgent need for the family to leave the country. Ashin stubbornly refuses, and so does his father, who has a secret.