On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara folks consider their presence there dates again a thousand years or extra to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped dying when his canoe capsized by driving to shore on the again of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, at all times the first-born, at all times male, have been thought-about Paikea’s direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old lady in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the brand new chief. However her grandfather Koro is certain by custom to choose a male chief. Pai loves Koro greater than anybody on this planet, however she should struggle him and a thousand years of custom to satisfy her future.