Hayat is a 12 year-old girl who lives with her family in a beautiful village in Iran. For the past month, she has been preparing hard for an exam, scheduled to take place in the school of the village. The night before the exam, her father falls gravely ill and is taken to the hospital. Hayat is forced to look after her infant sister on the most important day of her life. Good Samaritans try to help Hayat take the exam at school, but to no avail. After all, Hayat is not the kind of girl who quickly gives up'