A beautiful Jeaga Indian maiden of the Turtle Clan falls in love with the son of the chief of the Ais tribe, but the relationship is forbidden, as she does not descend from noble blood. She also suffers from an affliction—a curse passed down through her ancestry by angry spirits—the ability to feel the emotions and pains of others. But their world is torn apart by a war instigated by the Panther clan, that seeks to gain power over all others. Can the lovers survive in a world that refuses to allow them to love?