The city of Timbuktu is under the occupation of Islamists bearing the flag of ISIL. Kidane is a cattle herder who lives outside of the city. One day, one of his cows accidentally damages the net of a fisherman. The enraged fisherman kills the cow. Kidane confronts the fisherman and accidentally shoots him dead. The Islamists arrest Kidane and, per sharia law, demand a blood money payment of 40 cattle to the fisherman’s family. As Kidane has only seven cattle, he is sentenced to death. His wife shows up at his execution, and they run to each other. Mistaking this for an escape attempt, the executioners gun them both down.