In 1997 James Fergusson, a British correspondent on assignment in rebel-controlled Afghanistan, is helped by a resourceful 19-year-old interpreter called Mir.
But because of his association with the western media, the young Afghan is forced to flee to London - where the guided becomes the guide.
Having secured asylum, James's Afghan friend gets a job.
Mir introduces James to the politics of radical Islam.
James and Mir return to Afghanistan to meet Mir's family.