The novel is set in the 15th century. The main character lives four different lives: a doctor, a God’s fool, a pilgrim in Jerusalem and, finally, a hermit.
"Return to Punjrud" is about the famous Persian poet Abu Abdollah Jafar ibn Mohammad Rudaki (858-941). Towards the end of his life, he, a blind old man, sets out on a long way to Bukhara, accompanied by a sighted boy. As they walk on, it becomes clear that it’s the poet that guides the boy, revealing the secrets of life to him.