Not far away afield from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, cold cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes gone his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-primeval shepherd. In town, the people be anxious, powerless, from the regime of fright imposed by the Jihadists certain to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist when dignity. Every hours of hours of daylight, the added improvised courts matter tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his associates are swine spared the lawlessness that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly.