Dragon smuggles North Korean defectors across borders for a living, and his latest undercover trip with Sook-Ja and Yong-hee takes an unexpected turn when they are left stranded in China. This is only the beginning of an extraordinary 5,000 km journey. Their story reflects the reality of tens of thousands of North Koreans currently in hiding in China. Filmed undercover by a Korean-Canadian filmmaker, Ann gets intimate access with these 3 individuals in this dramatic POV film. Beautifully shot, with a compelling high-stakes story, THE DEFECTOR poses broad questions around human smuggling and the pursuit of freedom.