In 1915 Vahan Kenderian is living a life of privilege as the youngest son of a wealthy Armenian family in Turkey. This easygoing world of his disappears when his family members are taken from him. Other members of his family are murdered before Vahan’s eyes. He loses his home, his family, and has to live a life he would never have thought existed of in order to survive. Vahan’s incredible strength and spirit help him endure the treturas journey to Constantinople. However, knowing that each day could be his very last. Throughout the story, many people help Vahan survive through his life changing adventure. These specific people are mainly related to Vahan or some relevance to his family.