Uncle Taher has a heart attack, and the family rushes to the hospital.
He needs open heart surgery, but in order to get that, he needs a passport to get to England. Getting a passport in Iran is harder than getting to the front of the line at the It's a Small World ride at Disney World.
Marji's dad has connections, however, and knows a man named Khosro, who makes fake passports.
Unfortunately, a refugee girl, Niloufar, that Khosro is keeping, gets caught and executed, prompting Khosro to flee to Sweden. He never makes the passport.
Uncle Taher dies, is buried, and his real passport arrives the same day.