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Smoke Signals based on the short story This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix Arizona by Sherman Alexie describes journey of two boys unknowingly searching for home and self This film follows the journey of Victor Joseph and Thomas-Builds-the-Fire traveling to collect Arnold Joseph Victors fathers ashes Arnold left Victor and his mother when Victor was only twelve years old Travers Ten years after Arnold left his family on the Coeur DAlene Indian Reservation in Idaho for Phoenix Arizona Victors mother receives a phone call from Arnolds neighbor notifying her of his death When Victor hears of the news he realizes that he is unable to retrieve his fathers ashes because he cannot afford to travel there When Thomas receives word of the news about Victors father he speaks to Victor offering to pay for the travel costs on the condition that Thomas can accompany Victor on the trip Victor is not too ecstatic about the idea he even thinks Thomas is joking when he suggests his idea Ever since they were little boys Victor and Thomas personalities were the antithesis of each other Victor is cool handsome as well as a good basketball player while Thomas is a nerdy looking storyteller Although the two boys are opposites of each other they spent a decent amount of time together been since they were infants When they were both just babies Arnold accidently set off fireworks inside of Thomas house during a Fourth of July house party Before the house burned to the ground Thomas was thrown out of the top window just in time for Arnold catch and save him Ebert Thomas grandmother raised him but throughout his life he remained close with Arnold therefore Victor and Thomas were often around each other After Arnold left Victor was very angry resenting his father for abandoning their family While Thomas always talked to Victor about what a great guy Arnold was discussing all of
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