Though Amir and Karluk appear in this volume, the focus of the story has shifted away from them. This volume follows the story of Mr. Smith, the English linguist, as he attempts to travel west to Turkey. While he is waiting for his guide, he meets a widow named Talas and a love story of sorts ensues. Mr. Smith runs into all sorts of trouble in love and in his travels because he is a foreigner, and he is accused of being a spy. This volume also gives a unique view of the politics and culture of Central Asia.
I was disappointed that Amir and Karluk were largely ignored in this volume. I don't feel like their story is done yet. However, I still like this series and will continue to read it.