After the Second Boer War many defeated South African farmers, having lost their lands and families, traveled abroad to distant parts of the British Empire. One of those men, Arjan van Diemen (Ray Winstone), arrives in New Zealand where he's immediately spotted by the local military commander, Major Carlysle (Gareth Reeves). They were adversaries during the war. When Maori whaler Kereama (Temuera Morrison) gets into a brawl with some drunken British soldiers, he's falsely accused of killing one of the soldiers. He goes on the run through the New Zealand wilderness and van Diemen is recruited to bring him in for the 100 sovereigns reward if alive, 25 sovereigns if dead.
Ray Winstone, Temuera Morrison, Gareth Reeves