Helge Lapchuk, a young man, interested in Biology is given the opportunity (thanks to his Aunt Alyena who is a reputable and well known professor in archeology who suggests her nephew to take her place on a trip to the Amazon Jungle to try to make contact with a hitherto un-contacted tribe called the Awá). Helge discovers that the tribe, hidden from the outside world, is actually more aware of their environment than the so called sophisticated people of the West.
Rubber tappers, sent in by large companies generally are disturbing and threatening to the Awá and with the rubber company’s use of powerful rifles, kill and drive off the tribe.
Helge and his three other professionals are attacked and the tribe has in the main been slaughtered. Only a handful of women and small children were fortunate enough to escape along with Helge and the Shaman who have been out collecting plant samples.
The story relates how the small number of Awá who still remained alive were able to plan for the tribe’s survival and how Helge’s view of the Western world left an indelible impression on his thinking and his attitude.