When Shiro left his own war, it wasn't on his terms - losing an arm, losing a team, losing his purpose, losing himself. But when he's offered a second chance to be the man he once was, he finds himself halfway across the world, fighting someone else's war - against a new and different enemy.
Splices, known locally as Galra, genetically engineered humans whose DNA has been combined with animals - creating an army of mindless semi-human weapons whose only purpose is to kill.
That's what he'd thought, anyway. Before he found his purpose, the meaning to a life lost, in a single boy left for dead on the side of the road, a collar around his neck and a lifetime of pain to escape.
Or, Shiro adopts Keith, but not in the usual way, and gets so much more than he bargained for.
ILY: a single sign to say I Love You.
Sometimes all it takes is learning a whole new language to find everything you never knew you needed - self-worth, a purpose, healing, a family, and love.