"Wolf and Sheep" takes place in rural Afghanistan, where people believe in the stories they invent to tell, explaining the mysteries of the world. Shepherd children own the mountains. Even though there are no grownups around, they know the rules very well; the main one is that boys and girls are not allowed to be together. The boys practice with their slings to fight wolves. The girls smoke secretly and play wedding, dreaming of getting a husband soon. They gossip about Sediqa, 11, an outsider. They think she is cursed. Qodrat, 11, becomes the gossip topic, after his mother remarries with an old man with two wives. He is alone in the most isolated parts of the mountains, where he meets Sediqa, and they become friends.