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The sole survivor of a brutal family massacre twenty years earlier, Kars McIntyre, when the person believed to be responsible for the killings is released, wonders how many times she can be the girl who survived as people around her die horrible deaths.
"As a little boy, Pacifique Irankunda lived through the thirteen-year civil war in Burundi, the war that upended his home and family, and destroyed Burundi's beautiful culture and traditions. He hid and watched as military units destroyed his village; he and his brother slept in the woods on nights when they heard shooting and violence. From his own memories and those of his family, he tells this story of surviving the devastating ethnic divisions...