The Engineer and his crew travel from Tehran in a Jeep, looking for the remote mountain village of Siah Dareh, in Iranian Kurdistan, to record a special ritual ceremony that will be determined by the fate of a certain Mrs. Malek. They are met by Farzad, a young boy from the village, who becomes their guide. The locals believe that the crew are archeologists looking for buried treasure in an old cemetery. The crew only plans on staying for a few days, but they remain as Mrs. Malek's health starts improving. Farzad gives reports on Malek's condition. They are waiting for a "grand event" - the death of Mrs. Malek and the macabre village mourning rite that follows it.