Fifteen-year-old Matt's life has been turned upside-down, first when the brother he idolizes turns to drugs, then when a visit to a chat room leads him to a classmate, Katie, who he likes very much but cannot trust with his family secret.
Casey, a seventh grader, refuses to play the key role in
an intervention to confront his dad's alcoholism and drug
abuse, but then he begins to break through to the reality
that no one in his family has faced before.
Luke blames his parents' divorce on his fathers obsession on finishing a book about an ancient civilization. As a way to get him to understand, Luke's father brings him to Peshawar, Pakistan. Luke responds by learning nothing about his project. He is drawn into the Old City and becomes connected with the jihadis and refugees. Luke is dazzled by the city and it's people, but learns the truth that lies behind it all.