The story of Akong Tulku Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist master, compelled to flee his homeland in 1959 at the height of Sino-Tibetan tensions. One of only 13 of 300 compatriots to survive the arduous journey of the ten month escape to India he makes a promise that, if he survives, he will devote his life to helping others. Akong's fundamental message of compassion-in-action shines through and his example inspires thousands of people to work to make the world a better place. A number of those he inspired recount his story in the film. Akong was in Chengdu, China in October 2013, about to embark on the latest of many humanitarian missions to Tibet. He was murdered along with an attendant and his nephew. Despite this sad and shocking end to a remarkable life, the film ends on a message of hope.