Here's a very basic reduction of The Kite Runner's main plot and sub-plots: people lose their innocence and try to regain it. In telling this story, Hosseini asks some major questions: Can we ever regain our innocence? Can we redeem ourselves and others? Hosseini also draws a parallel between the stories of individuals and the story of Afghanistan as a country. So, in a way, these same questions apply to a war-torn region and people. As novelists like to do, Hosseini throws in some complications. Some characters seem innocent no matter what. Others are fairly evil and could probably kill a cute little butterfly just by looking at it. We wonder, then, if Hosseini's rubric of redemption applies to everyone or just his characters caught between good and evil.