Mauja thought she was not meant to be a mother after the loss of her first litter. Then she stumbles upon a cheetah cub orphaned by her pride. Ignoring common sense, she takes the cub in as her own. All is well until her secret is discovered, forcing her to leave all she has ever known behind. She had never put much stock in the cub's tale that explained the markings below her eyes. But with nowhere else to go, she follows its instructions. Along the way, Mauja realizes that her son Sigumba may be, a lion he is not. How can a lion gift a cheetah the skills needed to survive?