Deep in the mountains of the Hindu Kush, a society on the edge of desperation struggles for resources and chafes under a despot’s rule. The world has been devastated by nuclear war. In Volenta, books are banned. Firwas and Kadin are a father and son team of black market book dealers. They make a living dealing in forbidden information in a place where life is cheap. A stranger appears, requesting a rare book. Shortly after, events begin to spiral into a maelstrom and Firwas finds himself the unlikely leader of a revolution that will usher in a new era for the last known pocket of surviving humans.