As a newlywed couple boards a train bound for India and are forced to reconcile atheism and faith in director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's spiritual-themed drama. He is a non-believer that is consumed by doubt, and she has faith that life's answers will come to her through prayer.
Though there is little that this newlywed couple can agree upon -- including the prospect of having children -- they do love each other and are intent upon sharing a spiritual honeymoon. In the midst of a philosophical debate, a holy man on the tracks forces the train to grind to a halt.
While the local beggars revere the man for his power over the imposing locomotives, the truth is much less mystical. Years ago the man failed in committing suicide on the tracks when the oncoming train saw him and slowed down.
These days he is compelled by the beggars to reenact the miracle daily so that the train will stop and they can collect alms from the passengers.