Hans Bengler, a young entomologist, leaves Sweden for the Kalahari
Desert, determined to find a previously undiscovered insect to name
after himself and advance his career. Instead, he finds a young
boy, whose tribe has been decimated by European raiders. Accustomed
to collecting specimens, Bengler re-names the traumatised child
Daniel and brings him home to Sweden, intending to 'civilise' him.
But Daniel yearns desperately for the desert and his real family.
His only consolation is his friendship with a vulnerable young girl
who is also an outsider in the community, but even this bond is
destined to be violently broken, as Daniel's isolation and
increasing desperation lead to a chilling tragedy.