This is a story about the best and worst of life, a story that cheers humanity’s goodness yet shames its evil. An Indian cyclist aims to circle the globe, to teach the world about AIDS. He pedals through remote Afghanistan, his 33rd country. The Taliban capture him. They tie him up for 24 days. He cooks them curry—spicy Sunderban curry from his homeland in the sultry mangrove forests of India. His captors eat and enjoy. They set him free.