A chance encounter with a boy from Devil's Valley rekindles in Flip Lochner a long-buried amition to chart the history of this isolated community which lies to the north-east of Cape Town. Setting off with his tape recorder the 59-year-old crime reporter enters the world of a solitary white tribe, where a semblance of righteousness prevails by day and outright depravity by night. As lightening storms flay the parched valley, Lochner searches for the truth behind the folk legends. As each new story contradicts the last the certainties he has been trained to unearth simply evaporate. Then, his own obsession with the mysterious Emma draws him onto even more dangerous ground.