Mahesh Boyinedi is a kind, Catholic boy who likes helping others and spending time gardening. His younger sister, Sowmya, lives with their parents. His father, Maria Babu Boyinedi, works hard as a laborer to provide for his family. His mother, Sarojwi, cannot work because of her bad health. Because there is no school in their village sixty miles away, Mahesh lives at St. Thomas Orphanage.