Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train travelling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata (Calcutta), India. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven.
Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart, Tasmania. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, he suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification, and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother.
But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens Saroo’s buried wish. With just a small store of memories, and the help of a new technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times.
Saroo Brierley and his adoptive parents Sue and John continue to live in Hobart, Tasmania, where Saroo works in the family business. Saroo is a passionate supporter of the work of Mrs. Sood, who arranged his adoption to Australia and who runs orphanages in Kolkata. Saroo returns to India frequently to visit Mrs. Sood, his birth mother Kamla and his extended Indian family. Saroo is also a sought after motivational speaker in Australia and overseas.
Lost on a train travelling from his home and family, he must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, India.
She adopts Saroo and they live in Australia.
She becomes Saroo’s girlfriend after they meet as students at an international hospitality college. Saroo’s journey pulls him away from her as he becomes more and more isolated by his search for home and by the past.