In an African country, while a civil war rages, Kibwe and Zuberi meet.
Both are twelve years old, both are orphans; Kibwe's parents killed in the name of war and Zuberi's in the name of trade.
Kibwe is a boy and Zuberi a gorilla. They are on the run: Kibwe, from the horrors he has committed as a child soldier, and Zuberi, from the violent hand of man.
The former is desperate to reclaim his humanity; the latter, determined to have a family once more.
Can they help one another get back what each of them has lost?