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The Enguri River forms the border between Georgia and the break-away Republic of Abkhazia. Tensions between the two nations have not abated since the war of 1992–93. Every spring the river brings fertile soil from the Caucasus down to the plains of Abkhazia and north-western Georgia, creating tiny islands: small clusters of no man’s land. The islands are havens for wildlife but occasionally also for man.

Our story begins when an old Abkhaz farmer sets foot on one of the islands. The old man builds a hut for him and his teenage grand-daughter, he ploughs the earth and together they sow corn. As his granddaughter blossoms into womanhood and the corn ripens, the old man is confronted by the inescapable cycle of life.