A story within a story. Young Muidinga is desperate to find the family he lost while his country, was in civil war. He finds a diary that recounts the story of a woman on a ship who is searching for her son. Muidinga, convinced that he is her son, decides to find her with the help of wise guardian Tuahir. Kindzu, travels up the coast, in search of the 'naparamas', a counter-insurgency movement in the North of a country at war. He meets and falls in love with the beautiful Farida, and begins a quest to try and find her son, Gaspar, lost in the chaos of war.