In the 16th century, a 15-year-old boy finds himself abandoned after the death
of his mother, who was persecuted on false charges of witchcraft. He is fated
to join the Portuguese overseas fleet, setting off on a risky voyage to the New
World. His ship is wrecked, however, and the boy faces months of solitary
survival in the unknown and exotic lands of Brazil in its early historical period.
Encountering settlers, he witnesses the curious relationship between catechized
natives and the Portuguese. Amidst passions, encounters, dangers and
discoveries, the youngster is exposed to the conflict between established truths
and the unrest of a vibrant and questioning life.