Ten-year-old Asalif and his mother have been displaced by a huge condominium on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. To fight back against those casting him out, Asalif creates a fantasy where he becomes the strongest hero he knows — the lion (anbessa). His newfound power takes him to places he never imagined and allows him to face his greatest fears, but Asalif realizes he must find the strength that resides in him as a boy to deal with the quiet violence threatening his country, his family, and his future.
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