After barely surviving lengthy colonial exploitation and enforced relocation, the Kalahari San of South Africa have to face a new enemy: the pharmaceutical industry. The multi-billion dollar giant is exploiting the cactus Hoodia, a non-stimulating appetite suppressant which has been part of their traditional medicine for centuries.
Intellectual property and patent laws, and a strong will, are the bushmen's weapons to fight for compensation. The uneven battle inspired filmmaker Rehad Desai to travel to the Kalahari to investigate global interest in ancient Bushman knowledge. Their he meets Jan van der Westhuizen, a Khomani San traditional healer. Jan's struggle to live close to nature is hampered by centuries of colonial exploitation. Unable to survive as they once did by hunting and gathering, the Khomani now live in a state of poverty that threatens their community. Who will pass on the knowledge of the land to its people and who can protect the plants that hold secrets that are a means to their survival?