Azarias is a young orphan shepherd, keeper of a herd of oxen, where Mabata Bata stands out. The oxen will be the basis of the “lobolo” payment, a traditional dowry that his uncle Raul must pay for his upcoming wedding. Azarias’ dream is to be a normal child, to go to school, gold that is supported by his grandmother. One day, when Azarias is in the pasture, Mabata Bata steps into a landmine, the result of the civil war in the country, and explodes. The young man fears his uncle’s reprisals and flees to the forest, taking with him the remaining oxen. The military affairs will determine an outcome that the magical world of ceremonials and spirits cannot change. The film is an adaptation of a short story by international awarded writer Mia Couto.