Kim is a happy-go-lucky, hut street-wise, fifteen war-old urchin in India in the 1890s. He lives by his wits but his kind heart has earned him the nickname of 'Friend of All The World'. There are two main influences on Kim's life: Mahbub Ali, the tough wily Afghan owner of a horse-train, and a saintly old train-loving Buddhist Lama whom he meets in Lahore. Kim and the Lama have something in common: the Luna seeks the river which sprang from the ground where the Lord Buddha shot an arrow, and Kim seeks his identity. All Kim has are some crumpled pieces of paper in a battered pouch which refer to 'a red bull on a green field' and 'a man on a tall horse with nine hundred devils behind him'. The Lama adopts Kim as his disciple and they begin their joint quest. Following a chance meeting with the British Maverick Regiment and its chaplain, Kim learns that he is the son of a deserter. He is now made to wear uniform and separated from his beloved Lama. Kim is sent lo school - The Lama has raised the money for his education - but four walls cannot contain him and once the school holidays start he is back on the road. An undercover agent for the British Secret Service in India has hears of a Russian plot to invade India and needs an agent of great cunning to help him foil the would-be invaders. Kim is recruited and given intensive training in the skills he will need by Lurgan. Meeting the Luna once again, Kim takes him north on his secret mission of high adventure to the mountains. Idling the old man that he may find the source of the river. Kim helps in succeeding to foil the Russians endeavours but the Lima is slightly injured and Kim feels guilty about involving him in his undercover work. Kim and the Lama return to die plains where the Lima finds 'his' river and Kim finds himself - Indian, white, an agent, a disciple - and vet he is all of these thing and none of them. He is just Kim.