One day Charlie finds an unusual bead in the marketplace and adds it to his treasure box. His parents said the rebels are coming to Ethiopia. Missionaries are in danger. Even though Biru says the bead isn’t good for much, Charlie takes it along when his family flees from rebel soldiers. All through the danger-filled hours of waiting, he keeps it with him, He doesn’t know what his favorite treasure could be worth. That is—if he will give it up.