It's the summer of 1973. Steve Williams, recently terminated Peace Corps Volunteer, is being treated for paranoid schizophrenia by his doctors in Iowa. But Steve knows that the real problem is evil Zar demons and only his Ethiopian lover Abebech can help. But they'd never let Steve back in to Ethiopia, not after what he did.
Based on real events, we learn how Western psychiatry treated Steve's delusional disorder in the early 1970s. Through Abebech we learn how traditional Ethiopian healers treated madness.