Francoise Malby (40) is a French fashion designer living in London. She meets a charming businessman, Lawrence Anthony (50) in a restaurant. After a romantic evening together Lawrence has a mild heart attack. To thank her for staying by his bedside for days on end he invites Francoise to his home, Zulu land. After a romantic sojourn, Lawrence buys a game reserve and attempts to unite the neighbouring Zulu tribal lands into one large game reserve. Although welcomed by a young dynamic chief Nkosi (35), elder Tetstwayo (50) is more in favour of the lucrative mining offers for the vast quantities of coal beneath the land. Lawrence sways the chiefs with the idea of returning elephant to the land and the game reserve called Thula Thula is formed.
The elephants turn rogue and break out destroying tribal houses – even bringing down a helicopter and Lawrence nearly loses his life as he confronts the matriarch Nana. The bill for their capture weighs heavily on their struggling finances and Lawrence decides to move into the bush and live with them. Lawrence’s attempts fail miserably until he is tricked and pulled into the electric fence by Nana and nearly loses his life. Francoise, fearing for his life and her future family, drives up country and meets a researcher who tells her of their traumatic past, the elephants are beyond redemption.