- Author(s): Deratany, Jay Paul
- Advisor(s): Schimmel, John
- Evered, Chuck
- et al.
A young American woman who lost her mother in 9/11 needs a heart transplant and discovers that her only hope is to pay a small fortune for her Muslim doctor to escort her to Iran for the operation. Reluctantly putting her mistrust aside, she agrees to the bargain but once in Iran her doctor's mysterious behavior and the terrible social injustice she finds propel her to become enmeshed in the tragic case of two young boys framed and threatened with execution for homosexuality. Her doctor finally reveals what her behavior is endangering, a secret clinic he runs to aid those abused by the system. He wants her to ignore the plight of the boys but she refuses. Her discovery of the heart that had been buried under the scar tissue of 9/11 nearly destroys them both, but in the end their passion for justice saves them and brings two opposing cultures a bit closer.