In 1979, five years after the incident at the kite tournament, Afghanistan finds itself in the grip of Soviet military intervention. Baba and Amir leave Kabul in the middle of the night. After a grueling journey with other strangers in the covered cab of an old truck, they reach Jalalabad. From there, they ride in the tank of an oil truck to reach Peshawar, Pakistan.
Baba and Amir book a flight from Pakistan to the United States. There, they settle in a run-down apartment in Fremont, California. Amir graduates high school and moves on to study writing in college while Baba works at a gas station. Baba and Amir spend every Sunday making extra money by selling used items at a flea market in San Jose.