When fires sweep through the rainforest near their property along the Parana River, a poor tobacco-farming family goes on high alert. The head of the family, Joao (Chico Diaz), correctly suspects the fire is a result of slash-and-burn tactics by ruthless land-grabbers intent on acquiring the farm he shares with his lovely daughter, Vania (Braga), and her partner, Jara (Lautaro Vilo). Help arrives in the form of Kai (Garcia Bernal), an enigmatic man bearing indigenous tattoos, who emerges from the jungle with the grace of a jaguar. But the violence of the land-grabbers' assault catches Kai and the farm dwellers off guard. In short order, the men shoot Jara and force Joao to sign over his land just before killing him and kidnapping Vania. Undetected by the assailants, Kai goes on the offensive. Using his animal-like abilities, he rescues Vania, retrieves the bogus bill of sale and thwarts a counter-attack by the band of mercenaries--all without taking a life. But with the hornet's nest now stirred, Kai, Vania and Jara must decide how far they will go to preserve the farm and their vanishing way of life.
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