It is 1979, Iran, and Parisa Mahmoud is a 19-year-old Tehran university student with plans to establish a career in translation. But history intervenes mid way through her university course. Classes are put on hold and students everywhere must reconsider their options as Revolutionary forces take over from the brutal regime put in place by the Shah. Parisa can quit on her dream or take up the current cause, which is to express distaste at American cultural inventions by invading the American Embassy in Tehran. It is supposed to be a peaceful, three-day siege, but soon students find themselves enmeshed in a deep and complex political quagmire as the siege becomes the longest-ever hostage taking crisis in history.