The Philippines, 100 years ago. A boy called Samkad wants to become a man. He is desperate to be given his own shield, spear and axe.
His best friend, Luki, wants to be a warrior too - but she is a girl and that is forbidden.
Then a new boy arrives in the village and everything changes.
He brings news that a people called 'Americans' are bringing war right to his home . . .