A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.
“With war approaching their small West African village, the mother, sister, and baby brother of the principal character, Agu, a preadolescent boy, leave for the capital, but Agu and his father, older brother, and grandfather stay behind. All the men in the family are shot dead by the army except Agu, who flees to the bush. He is soon found there by a battalion of the rebel Native Defense Force, which first threatens to kill him, but coerces him to join them as a child solder.
Soon after subjecting the new recruits to a bloody initiation, “Commandant”, the battalion commander, forces Agu to kill an unarmed man. That becomes the first of numerous violent acts Agu is forced to perform. As Agu is forced to leave his childhood behind, he reminisces about the past: his family, his childhood, and how he used to read the Bible every day. He fears that God hates him for killing others and befriends a mute boy named Strika. Together, Agu, Strika, and their NDF comrades face the crimes and hardships of war: looting, rape, killing, and starvation.”