Yong-soo lives in a small coal-mine village in North Korea with his wife and young son. Although living in extreme poverty, the family is happy just to be with each other. Then one day, Yong-sooís pregnant wife becomes critically ill. Let alone medicine, Yong-soo canít even find food for her in North Korea. So he secretly crosses the borders of China hoping to find the medicine for his wife. After many life threatening moments in China, Yong-soo is forced into South Korea, becoming an unwanted refugee prohibited to return to his family. Meanwhile, his wife passes away leaving their young son alone in desperation. With no one to turn to, his young son sets out to find his father not knowing where or how to find him.
If you are like us, the only thing you knew when you first heard about North Korea was that it had a lot of nuclear weapons. Well, it does, but thatís not the story we tell. Fellow human beings are starving to death, are severely punished, tortured or executed for political crimes, are escaping by the thousands only to be hunted down and sent back, are languishing in concentration camps, are forcibly aborted and abused if they return to the country pregnant, are sexually trafficked once they escape, and are violated and deprived of fundamental human rights.