At an institute for blind children in Tehran, summer vacation is imminent. Parents arrive to pick up their kids, and young Mohammad expectantly waits long after his comrades have left. Eventually, Mohammad's father, a widowed and poor coal worker, reluctantly shows up to retrieve him. They embark on a journey home to the country in the heights of northern Iran.
What follows is a joyous celebration of life and color and, for Mohammad, the beginning of a mature meditation on nature and being. Mohammad lives on a farm with his two little sisters, amid expansive fields of wild flowers which the children pick to make dyes for bright yarns. His gloomy father is the brooding antithesis to the indescribable beauty of the surroundings: he wishes to remarry and considers Mohammad to be an obstacle to his plans.