Two brothers leave Vietnam in search of a better life. Together they brave the unforgiving sea and endure a refugee camp before finally landing in a place where they can start a new life. Their bond, strong during the hardship of the journey, is torn apart by the values and culture of western society. One clings to the traditional values and ideas of his homeland, while struggling in a world that is not his own. The other eagerly embraces his new land until forced to answer the ultimate question - who am I?
Paul Phong Duong was born and raised in a little farming village south of Saigon. At the age of ten he left his native land in search of a better future. Just like the two brothers in his novel, he endured many hardships before reaching Canada.