"When Gus joins the US Marine Corps, he knows that he will make a great dog handler. He's always been good with dogs. In fact, he's often better with dogs than he is with people. But Loki is not the dog that Gus was expecting. Fun-loving and playful, Loki acts more like a pet than the well-trained, bomb-sniffing Marine that he's supposed to be. When they deploy to Afghanistan, they have no choice but to learn to work together. Because in war, getting along is a matter of life and death."
RL: T // Who is the strange boy who can talk to animals and read people's minds? Where does he come from? The boy, Joh, has lost his memory and does not know. he only knows that he has fallen through the forgotten door to the strange planet, Earth, and that he is in great danger.
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