Now I must go back to squat in the sand with my people; I must get my water from roots and my food with a bow and arrow.' Orphaned as a young child, Koba, a San bushman, has lived most of her life as the adopted daughter of a white farming family. But when her love affair with their son, Mannie, is discovered, Koba is arrested and sent for repatriation to the lands of the Kalahari Desert. When her corrupt police guard hands her over to predator Andre Marais, a vindictive Boer who murdered her parents and is intent on killing her too, Koba knows she must escappe and flee across the barren South West African sandveld. To survive she uses all she remembers of her San hunter wiles to find her nomadic tribe. But will she stay alive long enough to succeed after years of living among whites? Meanwhile, Mannie has set out to rendezvous with Koba, hitch-hiking across southern Africa to find her. But who will get there first - her lover or her pursuer?