Sydney Schanberg (Waterston) wins a journalism award for his coverage of the conflict in Cambodia, although he is deepened saddened by the fact that he didn't do enough to get his friend Dith Pran (Ngor) out of Cambodia. Pran still in capativity, escapes the compound after a brief battle between Khmer Rouge soldiers and two jets sent to destroy the camp. Pran and two other prisoners (including the camp leader's young son) follow Pran through the jungle. The other companion steps on a land mine while carrying the child, and before he could give the child to Pran, the mine set off, killing them both. Pran gives the boy a small funeral while he mourns, and then continues his journey. He eventually climbs on top of a mountain to discover a Red Cross Camp nearby. Sydney back in New York, calls Pran's family in San Francisco to let them know that Pran is alive and well. The last scene is back in Cambodia where Pran is helping a young boy in hospital, when he is asked to go outside. There he finds Sydney waiting for him. They both hug and Sydney asks him "Do you forgive me?", and Pran answers "Nothing to forgive, Sydney, nothing."