The setting takes place in sierra leone a country in west Africa.The main characters are Ishmael, Junior, Moriba,Jumah, Ismael's uncle and his nurse. It is 1990 and the country of sierra leone is in civil war.The book is written by Ishmael beah. And the book was published in 2007.
The conflict is a civil war between the rebel groups and government troops. Ishmael and his friends and family are in the middle of this war.
Rebels attack Ishmael and his friends while they were on their way back from a talent show in another village. They are now on the run from rebels.
Ishmael ans his friends join the government armed forces. Ishmael fights for 2 years. Ishmael is taken to a rehab center in the city and goes to live with his uncle. Ishmael goes to new York for a conference about giving child soldiers amnesty.
The rebels attack the city and Ishmael flees to guinea for a new start. It is a long journey with many risks but Ishmael does it does it any way
Laura simms takes Ishmael in and now they more like mother and son