Ariik Thon Nyok's life began in the small village of Pageleng in South Sudan, where he expected to grow up to be a cattle herder like his ancestors. His peaceful existence was shattered by the civil conflict that tore his country and family apart and set him on an odyssey that would culminate in his coming to America, becoming a citizen, and successfully pursuing a Master's degree. Ariik tells a touching tale of his adventures as he and other lost boys and girls trekked across Sudan, encountering both terrible violence and genuine human warmth. He recounts his reunion with his father, his conversion to Christianity, and his never-ending quest for the education that he knew would lift him out of poverty and give him a better life. Readers will be horrified by the atrocities of war yet inspired by Ariik's faith and determination. Almost a Herdsman is a testament to his survival and success.