When his elder brother goes missing, Minh, a young Vietnamese, has to take on his identity and is enlisted in his place to fight a war that is not his. In 1940 at the age of sixteen he is catapulted from an idyllic family life into a nightmare. Minh, like a true Dragon, gets through tricky situations through stubornness and resourcefulness. He gets his strength from his confucian upbringing and impresses the leader of a local Resistance group. At the end of the war, in 1945, he is stranded in a country he hardly knows and feels he does not belong anywhere. He stuggles to find and reinvent himself in order to fit in and meets a woman who may be able to patch up the mental scars left by the war. This is a story woven around facts and family archives in remembrance of the forgotten young Vietnamese who were enlisted by force to fight WWII and who were left stranded in France after the conflict.
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