Three years ago, Ahmed Kasmi and his family fled Algeria, on the verge of a civil war. Now settled in Montreal, the Kasmis are only a few weeks away from obtaining the object of their desire: Canadian citizenship. But his eldest son, Hafid, aged 19, complicates matters by getting involved with a group of activists. With all his hopes and his beliefs, Ahmed's world crumbles. In an attempt to save his son and salvage their chances of getting Canadian papers, he sets out looking for Hafid.