It is 1979 in Iran, the year of the solar eclipse and the Iranian Revolution. In a city in northern Iran a retired judge and his wife are hosting the spring luncheon for their family. The family consists of a number of characters including a supposedly devout mullah, a nagging wife, an opium addicted nephew and his idealistic brother. As the year unfolds, each of the family members will encounter a crisis which for some will lead to self-awareness, for others power and glory and for others destruction.
Although the plot is somewhat predictable, Ghaffari, who grew up in Tehran until she was ten years old, tells a good story with insight into what happened to the average Iranian at the beginning of the revolution.