At the beginning of the story, Salva has to run into the bushes because of the war. Salva was wondering if he would ever see his family again, and this made Salva sad. Salva and his group settled in a barn for the night but when Salva woke up no one was there. Salva was sad, and the tears were hot in his eyes. Salva sees a house in the distance, he goes to it and there is a woman. Salva worked for her for days so she wouldn't send him away. Then she left Salva because she needed water, she was being selfish beacause she didn't take Salva to get water with her just because she didn't want anyone to bug her. This made Salva sad because he felt unwanted and he was all on his own when she left.
In the middle of the story Salva and his new group killed an animal and start roasting it on a fire. This made Salva so exited that they might have some food to eat. Then 3 guys from the Nuer tribe came to Salva's group and looted them. They also take their animal. This made Salva nervous about what they would do next. Next the 3 men take Salva's uncle to a tree and tie him up, then they shoot him and they ran off. This made Slava think that he couldn't do anything but inside he was sad but really this made him stronger because now he has to push himself to keep going and he cant rely on his uncle for tat anymore.
At the end of the story Salva gets an email from his cousin saying something about his father and that hes alive in a hospital tent very sick. This made Salva so happy that he might see his father again. He was determined to get to his father despite the months it took and major planning to succeed on his mission. When Salva saw his father after like 11 years he was so happy that he was able to be reunited with him.