Thirteen-year-old Habo has always been different light eyes, yellow hair and white skin. Not the good brown skin his family has and not thewhite skin of tourists.Habo is strange and alone. His father, unable toaccept Habo, abandons the family;his mothercan scarcelylook at him. His brothers are cruel and the other children never invite him to play. Only his sister Asu loves him well. But even Asucan't takethe stingaway when thefamily is forced from theirsmall Tanzanian village, and Habo knows heis to blame.
Seeking refuge in Mwanza, Habo and his familyjourney across the Serengeti. His auntis glad to open her home until she sees Habo for the first time, and then she is only afraid. Suddenly, Habo has a new word for himself: Albino. But they hunt Albinos in Mwanza because Albino body parts are thought to bring good luck.And soonHabo is being hunted by a fearsome man with a machete. To survive, Habo must not only run, but find a way tolove and accept himself.