In the countryside of Iran, a poor fifteen year-old boy, called Ali, has frictions with his violent and retrograde religious father, Hussein. When Ali meets a shepherd playing Nay in the field, he falls in love with the music and steals the musical instrument from the man. He tells his mother that he is interested in leaning how to play the Nay and his mother sends him to a music school in Tehran. The naive Ali befriends the wealthy student of Daf Azar, who is also enthusiastic about music. When Hussein discovers that his son is playing the Nay, his stupidity leads the family to a tragedy.