Caretaker Otto was never one for travelling to faraway places. In fact, he’d never be leaving his home city now if it weren’t for his daughter Anna’s unexpectedly winning a trip to Africa. While Anna’s classmates always have the wildest stories of exciting holidays to tell, she always had to spend her vacation at home with her dad.
But that’s all about to change, even though Otto initially shows some heavy resistance and wishes his late wife would be there to bring Anna to her senses.
But she gets her way and they set out for an African adventure. The flight itself is already a nightmare for Otto, and then the heat, the animals and the food - which doesn’t seem to agree with him at all - don’t exactly lift his spirits. And his fellow travellers!
Each more annoying than the next: Elvira won’t quit babbling, her companion Heinz-Hermann doesn’t seem to do anything but take photos and John, a slick and greedy art dealer, is especially unpleasant. But for Otto, the most important thing is that Anna is thrilled and happier than she’s ever been.
Then something unexpected happens: the group visits a small village and for the first time makes contact with actual natives. The king of their tribe has just died and his successor is about to be chosen in an ancient ritual. But even though John is plotting a takeover of power with the late king’s corrupt son, the ancestral spirits make their own decision.
By strange chance, the ritual ends with the choice of Otto, of all people, as the new king.
He is predictably shocked and his first thought is to get back home…as soon as possible! But before he does eventually set foot on that plane, not only his view of Africa, but his entire life as well will be drastically altered.
It might just be that Anna, the village natives and the beautiful and intelligent princess Fenda have something to do with that…