Poverty and misery breaks out with a vengeance in a Mossi village within the borders of the Sahel. For the people of the country, a choice has to be made : either await international assistance or travel further inland to the richer preas of the country. Salam and his family opt for the second solution, with all the sacrifices that this entails. A new life can now begin for them. They discover love, joy, hate, violence, feelings which hunger and thirst had made them forget.