On the Border of Desperation tells the story of two teenagers, Rebowar (17 years) and Shahoo (18 years) and fifty-year-old Tala. It is about their struggle against poverty and for a better life in Kurdistan in Iran bordering to Iraq. They earn a living by illegally carrying petrol across the border to Iraq at great risk for their health and life.
Smuggling petrol between these two countries may seem absurd as they both are among the richest countries in the world as regards oil reserves. Still the people of these areas are forced into this infernal trade by harsh living conditions.