In one of Manila’s
many slums, deep in the shadows of society where drug dealers and pimps reign a
young girl, Pangita, is trying her best to make her way in life. However, her whole
world is suddenly turned upside down when her father dies. She now finds
herself alone with her mother and siblings in a world where exploitation is the
norm and beauty is just another commodity. They face a daily struggle to
survive and stay together but despite their efforts the family slowly starts to
fall apart and difficult choices have to be made.
In the waning days of the civil war the
Tamil Tigers are in a desperate fight for survival against the Sri Lankan army.
In an attempt to gain access to restricted areas of the island the Tigers target
Eric, a newly arrived development worker. He is struggling with his new job and
a failing marriage and welcomes what he sees as just a bit of adventure.
Unaware of the dangers he puts himself and his staff in he doesn't resist when
coerced and he soon finds himself smuggling equipment and weapons for the
Tigers. When he learns that the secret police is closing in on him he tries to
unsuccessfully to escape the Tigers’ blackmail. Instead he finds himself ever more
entangled in a bloody conflict where neither side will stop at nothing to win.