'If they ever come here,' his father had warned, 'drop everything.
Just run and hide!' And now they were here. God's Freedom Army or whatever their name was. Bringers of blood and suffering. Rebels! Killers! Every one of them. Hundreds of thousands of children are abducted from their homes and used as boy soldiers.
This is the story of one them. 12-year-old Sam is ripped from his village in Uganda and forced to march with rebel soldiers to their training camp in southern Sudan.
A weapon is thrust into his innocent young hands and his life becomes that of enemies and battles, violence and death, as he's turned into a soldier.
With no escape, danger is around every corner, the threat of death is everywhere.
But there are ways to survive. Sam becomes friends with a fellow boy soldier and together their dreams of escape become a strength.
Together, they are ready to fight.