The novel is about a boy Abdullah and his sister Pari who live with their father along with their stepmother. The novel is set in the lands of Shadbagh, Afghanistan where their father, Saboor, is in a constant search for a place to work so he can feed his family. The story highlights their struggle through the evil eyes of poverty and the brutal winters.
Abdullah is the main character of the story who sees his sister as a beautiful and sweet natured person. Abdullah is ready to do anything for her sister and acts like a very protective big brother. Every single night, you’ll be able to find them sleeping together in their cot, their foreheads joined and their hands tangled about one another. They start their journey one day across the desert with their father, without knowing the things that are awaiting them. The events that occur will tear them apart and strangle their lives. As it is quoted, "Sometimes, a finger must be cut to save the hand".
The family moves from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco and to Tinos. With a degree of passion, Khaled describes the love in their bonds and how sentimental yet so interesting their story is. He stresses upon how we help our loved ones during the course of our lives and how our choices act as sources of historical importance that our future generations will cherish.
And The Mountains Echoed