A magical and adventurous story of brotherhood and spiritual growth. Two Hmong men from Laos immigrate to Minnesota during the Vietnam War. Binding them together is their rivalry for a village woman who stayed behind. Each tries to resolve his confusion about the new culture and the loss of beloved Zoua Lee, one through art and shamanism, the other through a catastrophic decision to join a gang and risk his life. Loss, redemption, love and transformation make this a classic with emotional authenticity and universal themes.