Shin Dong-hyuk was born in a North Korean forced labor camp. The only life he’s known includes torture, imprison-ment, maiming - one of Shin’s fingers was chopped off - and executions, including his mother and brother. Shin does not dream of a better life until he meets Park Yong Chul, who tells Shin about life in the capital of Pyongyang and about simple pleasures like eating grilled meat. Will Shin embark on a tortuous journey from imprisonment to freedom? And how will he wrestle with the effects of his traumatic life if he does?