Synopsis

Walter Nash is a man in a hurry. This brilliant African-American financial consultant has been hired by a group of investors to evaluate the potential of a new gold-bearing seam in Tanzania, exploited by the multinational mining group Carrak. Walter is a workaholic and an absent father on the verge of a divorce. When dealing with stress and intense emotions, he often takes refuge in drinking.

On arriving in Tanzania for a 48-hour visit, he is assisted by a young woman, Rachel A., who will act as his secretary and occasional translator. Rachel has one particularity: she is albino.

In Tanzania, as in many East African countries, people stricken with albinism live in a permanent state of terror. They are threatened on a daily basis by local beliefs that attribute all kinds of supernatural virtues to them. A lucrative trade linked to the practice of sorcery fuels a morbid appetite for their organs and limbs. To mitigate its image as an exploiter of cheap labour, the mining company makes a great show of providing financial support for the NGO “Children of the Sun”, which defends the rights of albinos.

Walter falls under the charm of Rachel, who’s a radiant and extremely competent young woman. Her luminous and unusual beauty fascinates him. Rachel too is sensitive to this newcomer so distant from her usual world. Walter’s business trip is about to reach a successful conclusion when, on the evening of the farewell dinner, he witnesses a scene that calls the cold reserve that he usually adopts into question. In the sumptuous residence of the local administrator, Rachel is rounded on by two members of the household staff who insult her and almost assault her physically.

Walter offers to drive her home. The young woman accepts, touched by this gesture. Walter, intrigued, asks her why the two men attacked her. Rachel, feeling that she can trust him, suggests that they meet the next day so that he can learn more.

The following morning, she takes Walter to the headquarters of Children of the Sun, the NGO that she works for and that has set up a refuge for albinos. Walter is in for a terrific shock. He is stunned by the testimony of the refugees that shatters his armour as a businessman always in a hurry. How come he never heard about this before? The sight of the mutilated bodies of the survivors, notably of child amputees, breaks his heart.

All of a sudden, in the middle of the visit, Rachel learns of a recent tragedy: a family that was due to join the centre shortly has been massacred not far away. The oldest son, Bado, 10, managed to get away but has been missing since.

Attracted to Rachel and also shocked by the revelations and testimony of this frightening morning, Walter decides to delay his departure and to go to the scene of the tragedy with Rachel. His routine business trip soon turns into a terrifying nightmare on the trail of a child hunted like an animal because of the colour of his skin.

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