Salva has two sisters, Akit and Agnath, and three brothers, Ariik, Ring, and Kuol. His father is a sucessful person because he worked as their villages judge and owned cattle. His mother wears a bright orange headscarf.
The war that had started two years ago had reached Salva's village. Everyone ran into the bush. There was smoke everywhere, a jet plane flew over them like a "sleek evil bird." All theat Salva could think about was his family.
Salva finds a Dinka tribe to walk with, and after walking for a while the decided to sleep in a barn. The next morning when he woke up they had left him. He met this Dinka woman and she gave him water and then left him. He meets a friend named Marial who was near the same age as him and they walk together.
Salva finds his Uncle and, his Uncle watches over Salva and Marial. Then Marial gets eaten by a lion and Salva only has Uncle left. Together they cross the Akobo Desert until Uncle is shot. Then Salva must survive alone. He makes it to a refugee camp and then when the camp closes everyone is forced arcoss the Gilo River which is known for crocodies. A group of boys makes him their leader and they follow him to Kenya
Salva gets to go to America! He gets a family and it takes a lot to get use to being in America with cold weather, and he has to learn English. He gets and e-mail from a relative that says his father is alive and is going to get stomach surgery. He is going to India to see his father.
He gets to see his father and his father's surgery was successful. He learns that his family is still alive