A struggle for love and survival in the tropical bronze-age. A bronze-age Malay tribe in Sulawesi (in present day Indonesia) are in conflict with a hostile Javanese tribe. The Malay tribe has a culture that respects women, whereas the Javanese tribe has a patriarchal culture where women are treated more like property. The collaborative and respectful culture of the Malay tribe succeeds in the struggle to survive against the hierarchical and selfish culture of the Javanese tribe. The plot is initiated by the Javanese tribesmen’s attempt to obtain girls from the Malay tribe for ‘marriage’ and the main plot is driven by the ongoing threat to the survival of the Malay tribe by the Javanese. Sub-plots include the building of a big boat to sail the Malay tribe to safety, the need to solve and avenge a callous murder, and how love and lust acts to change the characters and the future of the tribe. Themes include trust and deceit, love and hate, spiritual and moral beliefs, the nature of understanding, and the importance of the natural environment.