In a remote village by the sea in 1952 Trinidad, a Black ambitious fifteen-year-old, Shell, is charmed by the attractive Indian girl Rosalie, and flattered by the friendship of her father, Gidharee, who mentally accepts him as a future son-in-law.
Despite his father's terminal illness, Shell follows a compassionate Gidharee to work his exotic plantation along the river with his large hunting dogs, in hopes of attracting Rosalie. All the while, Shell falls for a tender, dainty girl from the city, Joan.
The love triangle develops, as Shell leads on the girls, not realizing the trap designed by Gidharee to ensnare his manhood. When Dragon’s Blood, a stimulating liquid is given to Gidharee’s dogs, a strong threat is sent to Shell who must face the consequences of his actions.