A conservationist couple makes enemies of both sides when their African wildlife reserve is caught between warring armies. In 1939, the thunderclouds of an imminent World War looming, American conservationists James Kingstreet (John Saxon) and his wife (Tippi Hedren) settle down to their dream life running a wildlife reserve. Unfortunately, because their land - and its vital watering hole - straddles the border between Fascist Italian Abyssinnia and British Kenya, their dream turns to a nightmare. Caught between two warring factions, undermined by James'jealous junkie brother and beset by native poachers, the Kingstreets battle desperately to protect their animals, their land and their precious African sanctuary against the tyranny of war. Their adamant refusal to accommodate either army's demands makes enemies of both - and the response of the incensed Fascist commander, Count-Major Bernadelli is particularly brutal and repugnant.