The story tells the story of Said, an Iraqi immigrant who works as a postman in Oslo, who is in love with a girl who teaches Norwegian to foreign immigrants. That teacher Tona Jensen helps him master the language and realize his dream of writing stories. Saeed goes on writing and gets a steady angle in a popular local newspaper. But death misses his girlfriend Tuna, exposing him to severe trauma. He spends his writing days in isolation, and only meets his dreamy old neighbor, Jacob Gundall, in a cherry field, who, on his last day, bought a cherry field and recommended that he be buried in it because he believed it would turn into a cherry tree. He believed in an ancient myth that after his death, man was transformed into something that suited the ocean in which he was buried, that burial in the mountains turned into a rock, that burial in the desert turned into a sand, etc. Saeed's isolation intensified after the death of his good neighbor, and he is cut off from the outside world, but he receives an emergency message from Baghdad calling for his immediate return there. The author tells him that his father's remains were found in a mass grave near Babylon, deciding to return to Iraq.