Samoan chief, Luao Nuulua, is seeing the impact of America's cultural revolution in his small village of Mu. His rivals want to open up Mu to development. Nuulua resists them, fearful of outside influence. When his son murders an American, his rivals find a way to destroy him. Nuulua's world quickly unravels when his best friend and daughter-in-law side with his enemy. Behind the scene, Mu's priest rallies the village for a showdown. Forced into a conflict, Nuulua must choose between following the warrior ways of his ancestors' akua or his Christian faith. The path he takes has costly consequences.