City life has been unkind to the small family consisting of Rosa and Goodman and their oldest son Abel. Ever since Abel’s parents brought him to the city as a young child, the family’s hopes of finding a better life have turned into a nightmare of daily subsistence.
Abel is a typical eighteen year old; fun loving,inexperienced, sometimes irresponsible and with big, but sometimes impractical, dreams of accomplishing more than what his circumstances have given him.
The family’s dreams are further turned into a nightmare when Abel loses the motorcycle taxi, also known as a Boda Boda, belonging to the shrewed businessman, Mzee Bujagali with whom his family is indebted to. We follow Abel on his quest through the city to find their stolen boda boda and in the process gain an insider’s view to urban Africa, its underworld and the generation gap between urban migrants and their first generation children.
The film is freely inspired by and is an African homage to the classic Italian neo-realist film “The Bicycle Thief” (1948) by Vittorio De Sica. It is not a re-make nor an adaptation of it but a piece of work that has been influenced by this great film that has been loved by millions.