Shif is an ordinary boy who goes to school, loves maths and is good at chess, but he lives in a country where the military represent danger. To ensure his safety, his mother saves enough money for him to escape. When the plan is discovered, Shif and best friend, Bini, are captured. The story tells of how Shif make a dangerous journey through many new lands, experiencing cruelty and kindness, in his bid to stay alive. A gripping story from beginning to end.