As shown, Josef is on a boat trying to get into Havana Harbor after his father tried to kill himself when he couldn't take the pain anymore. Though, the captain has just revealed a notice that they will be travelling to Miami to seek help there. Josef and his family will have to leave his father behind in Havana Harbor. On the other hand, Mahmoud has made it to Lesbos, Greece and is waiting to pass the hungarian border.
In Nazi Germany, 1930 or so, Hitler wants all the Jews out of his country, and Josef is among those Jews. He needs to get out of his country as fast as possible and sail for Cuba. Meanwhile, about 60 years in the future, Isabel needs to escape from Cuba and get away from Fidel Castro, a ruthless dictator. She will begin her journey to cross the gulf of Mexico to get to Miami, Florida. In 2015, however, Mahmoud needs to get jout of Syria and get to Germany to get away from his ruthless dictator, as well. You will find that all of these stories are connected...
Isabel just got turned away by the Bahamas and went to go to Florida like the original plan. Although, Ivan, Isabel's childhood friend was just killed by a shark, and now her family and everyone on the boat are greiving his death, but just as this happens, They spot Miami, and Ivan was so close to seeing the states. Meanwhile, Josef risks his life and his mother's for Ruthie, Josef's younger sister, and Ruthie is set free. Mahmoud learns this in the future too, because Ruthie and her husband take Mahmoud and his family in when they finally reach Germany. Josef ends up dead, though.
All three, although separated by time, must leave their homeland to seek refuge by boat.
Each of them faces challenges, for example, Mahmoud and his Family sinking in the Mediterranean sea. But Isabel and Josef are also facing their own problems. Josef is not being let off his boat while Isabel is being chased down by a big frater.
In the end, Josef ends up dead to save his sister, Isabel's grandfather turns out to be a cop aboard the M. S. Saint Louis, and sacrifices himself so that his family could live in the states. Mahmoud ends up housing with Ruthie, Josef's sister and tells him about Josef. So it turns out that all of their stories were connected even though they happened decades apart. Report done and presented by Jack Higginbotham.