In a small village nestled amongst the pythonic mountains of land-locked Lesotho, an 80 year old widow awaits the return of her only surviving family member. Her son; a migrant worker labouring in a South African coal mine. It is Christmas and he is due home. Sombre messengers deliver the news: Her son has died in a mining accident.
Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.
Three people board the train bound for Johannesburg. Strangers, each with their own goals, simple tasks to complete, and in search of family to help them. But, when they are betrayed by the very people whose protection they sought, they find themselves trapped in the city—invisible and alone. Three separate plots are intertwined in a gripping, deeply moving and often funny narrative about struggling for survival and dignity in the city.