When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and 500 fellow
refugees from Sri Lanka's bloody civil war reaches Vancouver's shores, the
young father thinks he and his six-year-old son can finally start a new life.
Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with
government officials and news headlines speculating that among the boat people
are members of a separatist militant organization responsible for countless
suicide attacks – and that these terrorists now pose a threat to Canada's
national security. As the refugees become subject to heavy interrogation,
Mahindan begins to fear that a desperate act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their
escape may now jeopardize his and his son's chance for asylum.