What should be a simple job for Arjan, a master tracker, turns into a gripping and dangerous game of cat and mouse as Kereama repeatedly escapes and is recaptured, all the while insisting on his innocence. As each gains and loses the upper hand, they gradually get to know and respect each other. In an emotional and high-risk showdown, their tenuous bond is tested in the face of a military posse led by Major Carlyle (Gareth Reeves).
It's 1903: South African farmer Arjan can Diemen has lost everything - his wife, children, farm and home - in the brutal Boer War in which he fought against the colonising British. Arriving in New Zealand, he is immediately hired by Major Carlyle to track Kereama, a Maori seafarer accused of murdering a soldier. Their paths crossed in South Africa, so Carlyle knows Arjan is a master tracker and Arjan suspects Carlyle knows something about the disappearance of his family. Kererama has just arrived home after more than 20 years travelling the world on a whaling ship. He was drawn back to clear his family of the shame attached to their rebellion and consequent loss of land and mana in the New Zealand Land Wars of hte 19th Century.