Shapur, a friend of Khosrow, who traveled half the world, tells him about the wonders he saw on the shore of the Derbent Sea. The formidable queen Mehin Banu rules that land. Shapur describes with all the passion the beauty of her niece she lives with. Her black eyes are like vivific spring, her figure is a silver-coloured palm tree, her braids are “two Africans climbing up a palm tree to collect dates”, and her name is Shirin, meaning “sweet”. Khosrow, delighted with his friend’s story, assigns Shapur to help him bond with Shirin. So, Shapur – the artist of talent – uses a trick. He makes the portraits of Khosrow and hangs them in the places where Shirin likes to walk with her handmaidens. The image of a handsome young man makes her fall in love with him unconsciously. On top of that, Shapur tells her about Khosrow’s wisdom and valor, his passion for Shirin, so she decides to meet him.