When the young South African boy Xan finds an orphaned baby cheetah, he decides to raise it, calling it Duma. When the cat becomes too old to continue raising on the family farm, Xan and his father plan a trip to release him back into the wild. But the plan is disrupted when Xan’s father suddenly dies, and Xan ends up deciding it is a journey he will have to take on his own. Borrowing his father’s motorcycle, he and his cheetah set out across the vast landscape.
Soon stranded after the bike runs out of gas, a mysterious drifter offers to help Xan and his cat navigate the wilderness. Together they set out to face the challenges of the unforgiving wilds, while reflecting on the circumstances that led them there.
Combining light-hearted humor with drama and adventure, the film explores what it takes to face the inevitable difficulties and tragedies of life with a balance of determination and acceptance, and with hope and love. The film is family-friendly, but a few intense moments of mother nature demonstrating her wild side may be a bit scary for very young viewers.