American anthropologist Robert (Richard Mulligan, who would go on to star in Soap with Jimmy Baio) travels to Kenya, ostensibly to photograph the 1973 solar eclipse, but really intending to photograph a secret Masai ritual. He arrives full of colonial ideas about white civilization and African savagery. Chief Lomoiru is not impressed.
But the real story is about the romance between Robert's son Kevin (John Phillip Hogdon), who was 14, my age, and the chief's son, Codonyo (Jesse Kinaru). They walk through the savannah and see herds of animals; they go skinny-dipping; they hug; all to a lushly romantic score by Francis Lai.
Their interaction is aggressively physical; they can't keep their hands off each other. They even sleep together.
Scott Jacoby) who discovers that his dad is gay.