Cape Town, 1914. Where a person can be whoever they want to be . . . Former tutor Piet Barol and singer Stacey Meadows are making a splash in colonial Cape Town.
Styling themselves as the Vicomte and Vicomtesse de Barol, they have been living by their wits - but as the world drifts towards war, their quest for comfort and riches has brought them close to bankruptcy.
With creditors at their heels, their furniture business is imploding and only a major win will save them. Stacey finds the ideal stooge: a mining magnate with a mansion to furnish.
Piet enlists two Xhosa men to lead him into the magical forest of Gwadana, in search of a fabled tree.
He needs precious wood, but he doesn't want to pay for it. The Natives Land Act has just abolished property rights for the majority of black South Africans, and whole families have been ripped apart.
As Piet's charm, charisma and appetite for risk lead him far beyond the safety of the privileged white world, he does not comprehend the enormous price of the lies he has told, nor where they will lead him . . .