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In 1976, the Canadian government is abusing the people of Red Crow, a Mi'gmaq Indian reserve. According to a decree, all Indian children under 18 must attend a Catholic school where they find themselves at the mercy of a sadistic Indian agent named Popper. 15-year-old Aila sells marijuana with her uncle in order to pay off Popper's absenteeism tax and avoid boarding school. Her fragile world comes crashing down when her money is stolen and her father is released from jail, reviving memories of her mom's tragic death. Then Alia must decide to flee or stay and fight the injustices.