Drama set in Vietnam. The son of an American soldier and a native woman, Binh (Damien Nguyen) is considered in his country to be 'lower than dust'. Though he grew up in his grandmother's home, he is forced to leave when his aunt's new husband moves in, taking his place. Binh travels to Saigon in search of his mother, where he meets his small half-brother, Tam (Dang Quoc Thinh Tran), and learns about his parents' life together. When disaster strikes, Binh is forced to flee with Tam, boarding a dangerously small boat of refugees with the ultimate destination of America. The ship is waylaid and the brothers are interred in a Malaysian refugee camp, where they befriend a beautiful young Chinese woman, Ling (Bai Ling). The three make their escape with the help of Ling's dubious connections with the guards, and embark on a voyage to New York that is even more fraught with peril than the last.