Death lurks on most every page of Little Bee. In flashbacks and confessions, our two narrators, Sarah and Little Bee, reveal their tragedies. Little Bee witnesses the slaughter of her family and the people in her village. She hears her sister get raped, tortured, murdered, and dismembered. She witnesses Sarah's husband Andrew hang himself in his study. Sarah and Andrew's four-year-old son Charlie struggles to deal with his father's untimely death, which lends extra innocence and poignancy to this brutal tale. Although deeply morbid, Little Bee is more about finding hope and joy in living, even when death seems to be stalking.