Sometimes life throws a curveball at you, and other times it spins you completely around while leaving you oblivious to your new azimuth. For Salar, the latter best describes the scenario he faced when his life changed dramatically.
One day Salar is an ordinary young man with minimal responsibilities and problems. And the next, he is on the run from his native government and looking for a fresh start in an alien land. Amazingly he lands in America and begins the daunting task of navigating the maze of a foreign culture while being undocumented and unfamiliar with its inner workings. Naturally, every conceivable thing goes wrong that can, and every obstacle Salar is able to negotiate unforgivingly leads him to another.
Just when Salar believes his life and travels can’t get any worse, the 9/11 attacks befall America, leaving the country in a state of panic. And to Salar’s chagrin, he admittedly fits the stereotypical profile of a would-be attacker. Without being able to prove legal residency or justify his presence in the United States, Salar is rounded up and jailed.
But the human spirit is indomitable, and Salar reaches down deep in order to overcome the hurdles placed in his path. He tearfully is afforded a break or two by some good-hearted individuals before being cleared to stay in the country and seek proper immigration status. While doing so, Salar not only gets sucked into a metropolis of vices, which plague today’s youth, he slowly starts to lose himself in the process.
Simultaneously, Salar gets recruited as a spy for the United States Federal Government to infiltrate areas in-country and report back his findings. Being of Middle Eastern descent and fluent in Arabic – it is decided Salar is the perfect fit for the assignment and dives into his new life head first. However, quickly prove to be less than the young man imagined or can take. He slowly decides to opt out of the equation.
Within striking distance is a spellbinding account of a young man who not only rides the wave of adventure but is able to come full circle internally within years, whereas, often this transition can often take many of us a lifetime.
by Jayden Price