For years the people of the Shangaan longer for the return of a white lion to their African valley as a white lion was believed to be a messenger from the Gods. So when a white lion cub is spotted a young Shangaan man Gisani (Thabo Malema/John Kani) finds himself watching over the cub which gets named Letsatsi. When Letsatsi ends up cast out from the pride and forced to fend for itself, struggling till it befriends an older lion who work together to hunt food, all the time Gisani keeping at watchful eye over the magnificent white lion. When Gisani takes a job as a tracker for a hunter he does so to prevent tragedy and to allow Letsatsi to grow into a full male and leader of a pride.