The year was 1992 and, Leon Carter, started on a, first time, international holiday.
He is involved in the hijacking of the aircraft that he is on and he becomes one of three hostages. The three spend some time in a Tamil Tiger stronghold as prisoners. Leon manages an escape and to gain some help from Sri Lankan locals. In turn he helps them to rid their community of local thugs. His new friends get him stowed away on a ship. He helps the crew overcome pirates and this puts him in favor with the captain, who must still deal with him as a stowaway. Leon is put ashore on the coast of Montenegro.
Once ashore Leon finds he is in the midst of the civil war in the country formally known as Yugoslavia. He encounters murder, rape, pillage and ethnic cleansing, all of which change him as a person. He also collects a small band of displaced children, from whom he learns so much.
The female member of the trio, remains with Leon and helps to bring the collection of orphaned waifs to safety. Under the constant hardships that existence in a war zone brings, a love match develops between the woman and Leon.
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