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In a small town in Patagonia (Southern Argentina), a Mapuche Indian chief sets a tourist complex under construction on fire. He denies all attempts to defend himself. Locked up, he waits for the arrival of “Caleuche”, the Ship (Nave) of Fools (de los locos), a mythical figure of his ancestral strength which “made” him start the fire. An appointed lawyer, a white woman, comes to the chief‘s defence, alleging the chief had acted in self-defense as the white man was building commercial structures on the sacred burial grounds of his ancestors, and continued doing so even after heated protests.