1891. Painter Paul Gauguin (Vincent Cassel) is already well-known in Parisian artistic circles, but is tired of the so-called civilised world and its political, moral and artistic conventions. Leaving his wife and children behind, he ventures alone to the other end of the world, Tahiti. Consumed by a yearning for original purity and ready to sacrifice everything for his quest. Impoverished and solitary, Gauguin pushes deep into the Tahitian jungle, where he meets the Maoris and Tehura (Tuheï Adams), his muse, who would go on to inspire his most iconic works of art.