Mamere and Theo are sons of the Chief in their village in Southern Sudan. When an attack by the Northern militia destroys their home and kills their parents, eldest son Theo is forced to assume the role of Chief and lead a group of young survivors, including his sister Abital, away from harm. As the tattered group makes the difficult trek to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, they meet other fleeing children, bonding with Jeremiah, already a man of faith at 13, and Paul, whose skills become essential to their survival. Thirteen years later, the young adults are given the opportunity to leave the camp and resettle in America. Arriving in Kansas, they are met by Carrie Davis, an employment agency counselor who has been enlisted to help find them jobs. Carrie has successfully kept herself from any emotional entanglements, but these refugees, desperately requiring help navigating the 20th century and rebuilding their shattered lives, need just that. So with the help of her boss, she embarks on her own unchartered territory, and the Lost Boys and these unlikely strangers find humor in the clash of cultures, and heartbreak as well as hope in the challenges of life in America.