In an unnamed African country, a ragged militia swarms through a series of villages, slaughtering and pillaging. Its merciless Commandant rules over a posse of child soldiers like a grotesque Pied Piper. On the threshold of adolescence, but still very much a child, is Agu, so scared that he cannot even remember his own name. The Commandant gives him a choice: join up or die. Thus begins Agu’s monstrous and premature coming of age.