The Eritrean struggle for independence, 1980. Ten-year-old Awet hast the heart of a warrior. Abandoned as a baby, she grows up in a sheltered atmosphere of a Christian monastery in Asmara. But when she returns to her family, her father brings her to a military battle unit. There is nothing she can do to elude her fate as a child soldier. Nevertheless, Awet vows to opposite this ignoble war with all her strength, and to fight against the fate that menaces her.