REFUGEES AND RACISM. Based on Kay Boyle’s short story, The Lost, THE TALL BOY examines issues that plague us today. Set in Germany in the aftermath of World War II, this compelling story examines the predicament of three European orphans. Swept up by American Army units towards the end of the war, the boys see their GI buddies as family and are determined to return with them to The United States. In 1946 the US isn’t accepting many refugees and only one boy has been befriended by a soldier willing to adopt him. But that soldier happens to be black.