Zoologist and filmmaker Nigel Marven paints a revealing portrait of a group of wild meerkats. With the help of meerkat expert Grant McIlrath, Nigel and his team get close enough to win the trust of these charming creatures that are very wary of humans. Grant is a highly experienced scientist who has spent the best part of his adult life in the field with meerkats. He has learned an unusual and valuable skill - the ability to habituate meerkats to human presence; he can bring them to trust him and feel relaxed in his company. Nigel joins Grant in the field over the course of a year, and soon becomes an expert himself in the art of befriending meerkats.