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South Africa, 1725. Claas, a young Khoi herder, is found guilty of attempting to re-acquire cattle that had been commandeered by white settlers. He is sent to work in a harsh penal colony, where he meets Rijkhaart, a Dutch sailor who has been convicted and sent to the island for homosexual misconduct. Despite their considerable differences, the two prisoners are inexorably drawn to one another - and before long, their feelings transcend the vast cultural taboos of the time and they become lovers.
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